Some big changes to the 5 live schedule
I'd like to give you the details of some changes we're making to the 5 live programme schedule for the New Year.
We'll have a new weekday line-up between 1000 and 1600 and a different pattern to the schedule. The new sound is:
In addition to this, Tony Livesey will take over from Richard Bacon in the Monday to Thursday 2230 - 0100 slot. And Kate Silverton will move permanently into the Sunday morning programme running from 0930 to 1100.
There are a number of reasons leading to these changes but the overall aim is to build 5 live's daytime audience and to make sure we are in the strongest possible shape for the move to Salford.
Firstly, I believe a programme schedule based on three two hour shows is likely to make us stronger as a station, giving each programme a tighter feel and allowing us to develop some new approaches. In the mornings, Victoria Derbyshire will continue to bring a mix of exclusive interviews, original journalism, talking points and breaking news and sport. The programme will have an emphasis on getting out and about and will involve the audience at every opportunity.
At lunchtime Gabby Logan will cover all the day's news, sport, politics, business and entertainment news, including substantial interviews with people in the news, reports and stories from all over the UK and full discussion of the day's sports topics. Richard Bacon will offer a wide-ranging mix of interviews, discussion and humour with a focus on what's going on in the world of entertainment and the arts as well as breaking news. At night Tony Livesey will take over from Richard Bacon with a show which combines the serious and light-hearted and gives everyone a chance to get involved.
As we said last month, Simon Mayo is leaving his Monday-Friday show at the end of the year to move to Radio 2. Once again I'd like to thank him for everything he's done in the 1300 - 1600 slot, as well as looking forward to the expanded Friday afternoon film show he'll be presenting on 5 live with Mark Kermode. As part of the planning for the new schedule, it has been really important to put in place a line-up which will take us through the station's move to Salford and beyond.
I've always strongly believed it would be wrong to move the station and simultaneously make major programme changes; I'm delighted we now have in place long-term commitments to 5 live which should be very important in ensuring the success of the move. In the short term, Tony Livesey's late night show will come from Manchester by early February. This will then give us a significant amount of output based in Manchester which will make our move to Salford just over a year later a little more straightforward.
Overall I think we will have a schedule which is exciting and significantly different from what we've offered before. We have a mix of familiar and new voices but all are very experienced and accomplished broadcasters who I believe will be able to take 5 live to even greater success over the next few years.
Adrian Van Klaveren is Controller of BBC Radio 5 live