BBC Radio Foyle announces schedule changes

image captionNew programmes are on their way to BBC Radio Foyle

BBC Radio Foyle has announced new peak time programmes as part of schedule changes.

The changes include Breakfast with Sarah Brett and Enda McClafferty from 0700 to 0900 GMT, and Lunchtime with Mark Patterson from 1300 to 1500 GMT.

There will also be an extended afternoon music programme with Sean Coyle from 1500 GMT.

The new programmes, starting on December 6, are dedicated to reflecting news, community, and cultural life.

Breakfast, presented by Enda McClafferty and Sarah Brett, will combine the best of the current Morning Programme and Brett shows. It will feature the latest news, sport, comment and analysis from the north west with up-to-date national and international news and a more interactive approach that will allow listeners to voice their views through texts and e-mails.

Lunchtime with Mark Patterson will be at the heart of the local community and cover a broad range of real-life stories, grassroots issues and events.

The programme will also include the News At One, including a sports round-up.

In his new two-hour slot, Sean Coyle will provide his inimitable brand of banter, and play requests and dedications from BBC Radio Foyle listeners.

Gerry Anderson's unique and popular programme will continue every weekday morning from 1030 GMT to 1200 GMT.

The Nolan Show will also be made available on BBC Radio Foyle between 0900 GMT and 1030 GMT.

It will, along with Talkback and Arts Extra, engage with audiences in the north west and bring north west issues to a Northern Ireland-wide audience.

Michael Tumelty, Editor of BBC Radio Foyle, said, "From early morning through to evening, this is a strong, striking and hugely exciting schedule of new and established programmes and talent that puts our audiences in the north west at its heart.

"We have focused our efforts on delivering key programmes at times when our audiences have told us they want to listen.

"This can only allow us to continue to serve and connect with listeners across the north west to a greater degree, which is, after all, the reason we're here."

Peter Johnston, Director, BBC Northern Ireland said, "BBC Radio Foyle plays a vital role in the north west and I believe this evolution of the schedule will strengthen our connection with audiences even more.

"The strong relationship with BBC Radio Ulster, meanwhile, means the issues from the north west can be represented to wider audiences across Northern Ireland."