« Previous | Main | Next »

Some important schedule changes from this weekend

Post categories:

Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall | 17:45 UK time, Friday, 4 September 2009

Christian O'Connell on the cover of Radio Times

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.


  • Comment number 1.

    About time Fighting Talk was back, it has been off air far too long.

  • Comment number 2.

    It is fantastic that Danny Baker's has been given such a prominent slot.

    Talking of Radio Five prominence, I am very worried that Colin Murray is going to take over even more airtime. Friday night and nearly all of the weekend. Can't you find any more "talent", as you call it? The population of Northern Ireland is about 1.75 million yet he and the dire Nolan seem to dominate the weekend. Too much.

  • Comment number 3.

    Danny Baker on a Saturday morning!! I feel like I am back in the 90s. This is the best news. Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.

  • Comment number 4.

    Thanks for taking Eamonn Holmes off the radio, daytime TV is never going to work on a saturday morning. Listening to him chortling to his own jokes used to have me reaching for the off button in seconds.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello Radio 5 Live , totally love the New Look Website , really up to Date & so much easier to use.
    I love Radio 5 fort your news & phone ins & documentries, however im not a Fan of Sports so that is generally tjhe only time i dont listen.
    I work shifts so can either listen at variable hours of the Day or Night or vie the i-player!

    I be a regular on 5Live as texter or on your Website.
    Regards Will in Sidcup.

  • Comment number 6.

    Oh I get it now. Comments on the political stories of the week with guests on Gabby's show. Except Kevin McGuire is hardly an objective commentator.

    Is there no chance of having someone on without a political agenda?

    By the way, no feedback on comments from the Five live hierarchy about the uber-presenter Colin Murray over-featuring?

  • Comment number 7.

    So Adrian Van-Klaveren you have decided to let Simon Mayo join Radio 2, what a shambles of a decison, why are you letting the best presenters leave, and replacing them with the likes of Murray and Bacon?

    5LIVE is dumbing down

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello radio 5 live!
    I loved watching the Danny Baker show via my magic red button on Saturday morning and had a good chuckle about some of the stories the callers told!
    Unfortunately I missed part 2, but will catch up via the podcast.
    Great work - keep it up!

  • Comment number 9.

    Your correspondent 'carrie' is spot on. Murray is basically a Radio One DJ looking to get 'serious'. Nicky Campbell has never mastered the art (he still presents the news like a game show) and Murray's problem is his basic lack of sports knowledge coupled with his awful accent that sounds like a rusty gate being open and closed, ad nauseuem.

    As for Nolan, well words fail me. How this man can be considered a professional broadcaster is beyond belief.

  • Comment number 10.

    I agree with Prof techno and Carrie ,Colin Murray is all over radio 5 like a rash , and he's not that good.

    Secondly, it seems to me we're going to lose Simon Mayo, which will be a complete disaster !

    A few years ago I used to listen to Radio 5 all day, now with all your best talent (eg Julian Worricker and many others ) gone, we're left with a very dumbed down station.

    Peter Allen is the only serious journalist left. I think it's very sad.

  • Comment number 11.

    I am in total agreement with Curmy and Jackstukps, but I'm afraid that Colin Murray is worse than a rash because he just won't go away. The only upside is that I am now rediscovering the joys of Radio 4. Fighting Talk was always good fun but I'm afraid now I can't hear much of the converations because of CM's schreeching laugh and his awful habit of talking over every one. I thought he was just 'filling in' last Saturday but I now gather it is permanent - well I shan't be listening any more.

    Perhaps we could get Julian Woricker to replace Simon Mayo, or Matthew Bannister? I miss them both. I'm really going to miss Simon's show, I particularly enjoy(ed) his politicians' slot following PMQs and hope that whoever takes over continues with this item.

    Let's hope Peter Allen stays; or perhaps he could return to the morning show instead of Nicky Campbell?


More from this blog...


These are some of the popular topics this blog covers.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.