New morning schedule on Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live will make changes to its morning schedule from the New Year, it was announced today.
The new schedule includes a changed role for Nicky Campbell who will once again take calls from listeners in an extended 5 Live Breakfast.
Campbell, who hosted the 5 Live phone-in between 1997 and 2003, will take an hour of calls from listeners on the big news story of the day between 9.00 and 10.00am in a reshaped breakfast programme.
5 Live Breakfast is extended, from 6.00 to 10.00am weekdays, with current co-host Shelagh Fogarty opening the programme at 6.00am, and Nicky Campbell joining her at 7.00am.
Victoria Derbyshire's programme (weekdays, 10.00am-1.00pm) will focus on original journalism – much of it coming direct from 5 Live listeners.
Victoria will also have powerful interviews and will talk about the issues which people care about across the UK as well keeping up with all the news and sport.
Midday News on 5 Live is now taken out of the schedule but Aasmah Mir will continue to be an important part of 5 Live's team of presenters, hosting a range of programmes on the station over the coming months.
Radio 5 Live Controller Adrian Van Klaveren said: "These changes will build on 5 Live's key strengths of talking about the issues which really matter to people and letting everyone have their say in a way which is intelligent, lively and engaging."
Nicky Campbell said: "It's great to be taking calls from listeners and hosting debate which I love doing, and still to be able to work with Shelagh is a double bonus."
Victoria Derbyshire said: "At last there is a prime time programme on 5 Live devoted to original journalism where the listeners are truly in charge... I'm hoping it will redefine the sound of morning radio."
Notes to Editors
Radio 5 Live weekday schedule from 12 January 2009
6.00am 5 Live Breakfast
10.00am Victoria Derbyshire
1.00pm Simon Mayo
7.00pm 5 Live Sport
10.00pm Richard Bacon
1.00am Up All Night
You can listen to Radio 5 Live on DAB digital radio, on digital television, online at bbc.co.uk/5live and on 909 & 693 MW.