Category: Radio Manchester
BBC GMR, the BBC local radio station serving Greater Manchester, has announced it will revert to its former title, BBC Radio Manchester, from Monday 3 April 2006.
John Ryan, the station's Managing Editor, says: "BBC Radio Manchester went on air in 1970 and only became BBC GMR in 1988.
"Since then, 'Manchester' as a name has come to be synonymous with the whole city region and has largely usurped the phrase 'Greater Manchester', which was never a term that people easily related to.
"This change back to our original name, which is in keeping with most other BBC local radio stations, does not alter the quality or reach of our service.
"We simply want to serve the whole of the Manchester area better."
The name change coincides with a raft of new signings.
Terry Christian takes over the new breakfast show.
Factory founder Anthony H Wilson fronts a Friday night sports discussion show and a new Saturday lunchtime show.
And, in June, Shobna Gulati, former Coronation Street and Dinnerladies star, arrives to front a new weekend series.
They join existing GMR stars including Heather Stott, Allan Beswick, Phil Wood, Becky Want, Eamonn O'Neal and Mike Shaft.
Radio Manchester will increase its commitment to cover Manchester's cultural, business and entertainment worlds, alongside its reputation for top quality and dependable news, sport, weather and traffic.
Community programmes are also being given a higher profile within the station's output.
Under the title Citizen Manchester, specialist programmes will no longer be broadcast outside of peak listening times but will be given an enhanced position at the heart of the schedule, in keeping with the needs of an inclusive, diverse and cosmopolitan area.
John Ryan said: "Manchester is the original modern city, and we're delivering an original modern radio station.
"We want to capture Manchester's unique tone of voice and report all of Manchester's communities - providing a contemporary and engaging service for this amazing region."
BBC Radio Manchester returns to the air at 6.00am on Monday 3 April, with a new jingle set supplied by IQ Beats of Seattle, working with the Manchester-based BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
The themes are all influenced by prominent Manchester artists of the last 40 years.
Notes to Editors
A full Radio Manchester schedule will be available in a few days.
BBC Manchester Press Office