New BBC Local Radio schedules to launch in January 2013

These schedule changes reflect the ambition of BBC Local Radio to serve communities with the best local journalism, and reflecting the lives and interests of our listeners.” David Holdsworth, Controller, English Regions
Date: 18.12.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.59
Category: English Regions
From January 2013 BBC Local Radio stations across England and the Channel Islands will launch new evening and weekend schedules.

The changes include a brand new all BBC Local Radio evening programme and dedicated time slots for BBC Introducing and English language African Caribbean and Asian programmes.

  • The BBC’s brand new all-local radio evening programme - ‘Mark Forrest’ - launches on 7 January 2013, weekdays, 7-10 pm. The show will go out on all 39 local radio stations in England and the Channel Islands. Expect a mix of great story telling, focussing on people and places, and debates on the issues that really matter to local communities
  • From 5 January 2013 every BBC Local Radio will broadcast a BBC Introducing programme from 8pm on Saturday evenings. BBC Introducing is a music programme dedicated to supporting unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians. Taken together, these programmes will broadcast around 70 hours of new and local music, making a substantial contribution to the profile of undiscovered music in England and the Channel Islands
  • Also from January, BBC Local Radio is enhancing its range of current affairs programmes serving Asian, African Caribbean and Chinese audiences. These will be broadcast on Sunday between 6 and 10 pm to reflect a growing demand for news and journalism in a regular and accessible time slot. The programmes will focus on journalism relating to these communities and each programme will contribute to peak time weekday output. As more of our audiences catch up with our content online, two new web pages showcasing stories and clips from the enhanced local radio Asian and African and Caribbean programmes will be available on the web from 14 January

David Holdsworth, Controller, English Regions, said: “These schedule changes reflect the ambition of BBC Local Radio to serve communities with the best local journalism, and reflecting the lives and interests of our listeners.”

Details of the 39 BBC Local Radio schedules will be published in the New Year.

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