Some important schedule changes from this weekend
A new website and now a new weekend line-up from this weekend here on 5 live (September 5 and 6). It's a busy week behind the scenes here as our production teams gear up for the changes. Ian Broudie from the Lightning Seeds and long throw specialist Rory Delap are the guests on Danny Baker's first Saturday morning programme. The main thrust of the show, though, is the quirky stories Danny will be looking for from phone callers the length and breadth of the UK.
He wants help this Saturday writing some new lyrics to a famous track, but his production team won't tell me which one yet! That's followed at 1100 by the return of Fighting Talk with Colin Murray. I know many of you have been texting and emailing us to ask us when it is going to reappear. Now you know.
We think Danny will give us something a bit different and original to kick off our Saturday morning, and Fighting Talk remains a key programme for us with a big following.
As for Sundays, there's a lot to tell you. We are moving Garry Richardson's Sportsweek forward half an hour to 0830-0930. Gabby Logan's show has a new slot of 0930-1100 and will have more focus on the political events of each week, as well as a look at the Sunday papers, and special guest interviews. At 1100, we have a new show running between now and the end of the year called The Christian O'Connell Solution. Christian and a panel of guests spend an hour live in the studio trying to find solutions to the week's big news issues. David Tennant is a guest on the opening show.
That is followed at midday by Colin Murray guiding you through an afternoon of sport. Then at 1800, for a longer slot of 90 minutes, we have teamed up Spoony and Gabrielle Marcotti for 606. From this Sunday, Donal MacIntyre is back for a new series of his news investigations show at the new time of 1930. So, there is a lot going on. Why so much change on a Sunday?
Well, we think there is a place for a topical news comedy show to do the job on a Sunday that Fighting Talk does on a Saturday and Christian is a first rate presenter to help pull this show off. We also wanted to create more of an event around the Sunday evening 606 with new features and the new presenting partnership. We like the line-up and know it will provoke lots of debate. Let us know what you think.
Jonathan Wall is Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 5 live
- The picture shows Christian O'Connell in a feature from Radio Times about his new programme. There are some great photos and an audio teaser from the new programme on the programme's web page.
- Fighting Talk and Danny Baker are both part of a 'series catch-up' trial. This means that you can listen again to every episode in the series until one week after the series has finished.
- During the Danny Baker programme, switch your digital TV to BBC1 and press the red button for live video from the studio. Brett Spencer explains it all here.