Major changes as presenters leave 5 live
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Major changes as presenters leave 5 live

A number of long-serving presenters at 5 live are leaving the station, including Victoria Derbyshire, Richard Bacon and Shelagh Fogarty.

All three have decided it is the right time to move on to new challenges, according to the network.

Victoria and Richard will be working on new BBC television shows whilst Shelagh is ‘considering a number of exciting new opportunities’, and was heard covering at LBC just last week.

The station is introducing a new daytime schedule as a result of the departures, with two new longer daytime shows replacing three shows. From October, 5 live Daily will air from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday, with Adrian Chiles on Monday and Tuesday, and Peter Allen on Weds, Thursday and Friday.

From 1-4pm, Monday to Thursday ‘Afternoon Edition’ will be hosted by Dan Walker and Sarah Brett. Dan Walker has been presenting Colin Murray’s old show and Sarah has covered at the station, for Stephen Nolan.

Then between 1 and 2pm on Fridays, before the Kermode and Mayo Film Review, Eleanor Oldroyd will host the new Friday Sports Panel.

At drivetime, weekend presenter Tony Livesey takes over from Peter Allen as the new co-presenter of Drive alongside Anna Foster. Tony’s show will be taken over by Chris Warburton, taking over from Tony on Weekend Breakfast.

Other changes include Stephen Nolan’s Saturday night show which will run from 8pm till midnight meaning an end to Saturday Edition. Fighting talk also has two new hosts – ex Sky Sports host Georgie Thompson and comedian Josh Widdicombe.

Richard Bacon comments: “5 live has been a spectacular place to work, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about it. It’s been a hugely important part of my career and life, and I’ll always be grateful, and a listener, to 5 live! After 7 years it’s time to have different adventures, many of which will still be at the BBC.”

Amongst various new projects, Richard will be co-presenting a new primetime BBC1 series with Una Stubbs – a nationwide search for Britain’s best amateur painter.

Victoria Derbyshire: “It’s a huge wrench to leave 5 live where listeners and I have shared so many experiences, and I would like to thank them enormously for trusting me. As to what I’m doing next – well I’ve been offered a brilliant opportunity too good to turn down.”

Shelagh Fogarty: “At 5 live I’ve had some of the happiest times and richest experiences of my working life, covering the fundamentals of life in Britain and presenting programmes from amazing places around the world. I’m very sad to be leaving but it’s definitely time to do so. I’m spending the Summer exploring a number of opportunities, before deciding what’s next. I’ll show my appreciation to my fantastic 5 live colleagues by getting them drunk at my expense sometime soon. To our unforgettable listeners, you are simply millions of co-presenters and make every programme better than it would be without you.”

BBC Radio 5 live controller, Jonathan Wall, says: “This Autumn feels the right time to refresh parts of our schedule as we follow-on from what’s already proving to be a wonderful sporting summer.

“We have a great blend of established presenters and new signings to take 5 live forward in our home in Salford. It’s an exciting and creative team that I know will drive the station on to even greater heights.

“Victoria, Shelagh and Richard have all played such key roles delivering fantastic live radio and I wish them every success with their future projects.”

BBC Radio 5 live Weekday Schedule from October 2014

Monday – Tuesday

0600: 5 live Breakfast with Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden
0900: Your Call
1000: 5 live Daily with Adrian Chiles
1300: Afternoon Edition with Dan Walker and Sarah Brett
1600: 5 live Drive with Anna Foster and Tony Livesey
1900: 5 live Sport
2230: Phil Williams
0100: Up All Night

Wednesday

0600: 5 live Breakfast with Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden
0900: Your Call
1000: 5 live Daily with Peter Allen
1300: Afternoon Edition with Dan Walker and Sarah Brett
1600: 5 live Drive with Anna Foster and Tony Livesey
1900: 5 live Sport
2230: Phil Williams
0100: Up All Night

Thursday

0600: 5 live Breakfast with Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden
0900: Your Call
1000: 5 live Daily with Peter Allen
1300: Afternoon Edition with Dan Walker and Sarah Brett
1600: 5 live Drive with Anna Foster and Tony Livesey
1900: 5 live Sport
2200: Question Time Extra Time
0100: Up All Night

Friday

0600: 5 live Breakfast with Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden
0900: Your Call
1000: 5 live Daily with Peter Allen
1300: The Friday Sports Panel with Eleanor Oldroyd
1400: Mayo and Kermode’s Film Review
1600: 5 live Drive with Anna Foster and Tony Livesey
1900: 5 live Sport
2230: Stephen Nolan
0100: Up All Night

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