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September 2, 2014

Solent splits for new Dorset breakfast show

BBC Radio Solent is to offer a local breakfast show for Dorset, on 103.8FM from July 8th, hosted by Alina Jenkins.

Breakfast in Dorset will cover areas including Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Wareham, Blandford Forum, Wool and many of the villages in between.

From 6:30am each weekday, the BBC says they’ll put decision-makers, bosses and politicians in the spotlight to get answers to the important questions audiences want answered.

Local travel news and weather information will also feature.

Alina said: “I’ve been with BBC Radio Solent for 12 years working on early breakfast, afternoons, news and also presenting for both the regional and national weather teams. But I’m relishing this new challenge and incredibly excited to be involved.

“Dorset is an area my family and I have always loved and we are very much looking forward to living and working in this beautiful county. I’m working with a brilliant team and we are eager to get out and about and find the stories that matter to Dorset residents. I won’t just be in the studio either – I hope to get around the county as much as I can too. Whatever your story, we want to hear it.”

Posted on Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 2:06 pm by .

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  • Drew White

    What a great trend-breaking story to read! All we’ve heard for too long is merge, merge, merge.

    It’s also encouraging to see it won’t be just be about being in a studio there, either. Even Radio 4 needs to learn that programmes “coming from Salford” mean little if you’re not actually getting out of the isolated studio environment.

  • Brian Christopher Winter

    Now, my memory may be hazy, so please forgive me here but is this not restoring a cut made some years ago. I am sure that I remember staying in Bournmouth and hearing a sperate brekafast show on BBC Dorset, not sure if it was medium wave or FM. However, what ever, this is good news. The BBC making sure they get right into the community.

  • Rob

    Although welcome in principle, doesn’t this breach a previous binding commitment from BBC English Regions (to the government prior to the last charter renewal) to NOT become more local to anyone than it already was?

    Practically, shame the transmitter footprint for 103.8 is so small, geographically and in population terms. 96.1 is likely to be stronger that the 103.8 signal in Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck, Verwood etc. A “proper” local sounding BBC Dorset would cover Bournemouth, Poole and “rural” West Dorset, combining the footprints of the commercial stations once known as 2CR, Wessex – and whatever that Midwest transmitter was in North Dorset!

    Good luck with the launch. Let’ hope there really is a “team” behind this presenter. No chance of anything but churnalism (let alone truly holding decision makers to account without a editorially confident producer, with news gatherers working to him/her.

  • Mike Harvey

    Very sad to hear of this change, having lived in Southampton for a few years its nice to hear the news from that area. If I wanted to hear only Dorset news I had just as well listen to Wessex FM , at present we hear news of Hampshire and Dorset but now we are being closeted, my wife and I will not be listening to Solent @ 6_30 any more.

    • AIRHEAD

      You could always listen to Weymouths new community station AIR 107.2 but that only takes news from SKY at the moment!!

      (Sorry cheap plug – but we need all the support we can! )

  • Radio Solent Fan

    Just returned from holiday to find We have lost Julian.
    We want to hear whats going on over the whole region especially when traveling. Do not like it.Boring.