BBC Radio Shropshire changes
You may have seen the announcement that Mark Forrest will present a new evening show between 7pm and 10pm weeknights on all BBC Local Radio stations across England and the Channel Islands from Monday, 7 January.
Here are some FAQs on the show and the knock-on changes at BBC Radio Shropshire:
What will the Mark Forrest show be like?
Here’s the BBC’s announcement about Mark’s appointment. The show will feature stories from across the country and be speech-led (around 60% speech).
What happens to the existing shows at that time?
Live football commentaries on Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford United will continue to opt-out from the Mark Forrest show. Specialist music shows will have new homes as follows:
Colin Young's Trunk of Funk
Friday 2200 - Saturday 0100
Country with Marie Crichton
Saturday 1800 - 2000
BBC Introducing in Shropshire
Saturday 2000 - 2200
Genevieve Tudor's Sunday Folk
Sunday 1800 - 2000
Jazz with John Hellings
Sunday 2000 - 2200
Won’t that affect the Late Show?
Our late shows will now run from 2200 - 0100 seven days a week. The Trunk of Funk is on Friday, Keith Middleton remains on Saturday. There’ll be a new West Midlands-wide Late Show with Graham Torrington which will broadcast Sunday to Thursday, in place of the existing programme which is transmitted across the East and West Midlands.
Any other changes?
Our local broadcasting will now start at 0600 with Eric & Clare’s breakfast show (still including Ian Perry reporting into the show). At 0500 in place of Ian’s existing show, we’ll broadcast BBC Radio 5live’s Morning Reports, a briefing on the day’s national and international news, followed by Wake Up to Money (business, personal finance and economics). Saturday Night with Jim Hawkins will end, to be replaced by the specialist music shows detailed above.
Why is this happening?
The changes are part of the BBC’s response to budget cuts brought about by a freeze in the licence fee until 2017, and its acceptance of additional responsibility for funding the BBC World Service and S4C (currently subsidised from general taxation).
The BBC has decided to protect shows during the day with the biggest audiences, and those which are more distinctive from other offerings (e.g. specialist music). The savings come at times of day when fewer people listen.