Fred MacAulay’s mid-morning show is coming to an end after 17 years, as BBC Radio Scotland makes some schedule changes for the new year and works on its new strategy of ‘speech by day, music by night’.
Kaye Adams, best known for her appearances on Loose Women, will take over the slot with a new three hour morning discussion programme as the station promises more news, more comedy and more live music in 2015.
The station says Fred MacAulay will return to his comedy roots with a number of new projects including a weekly satirical panel show.
Kaye Adams says: “Our listeners often help us get to the nub of any story and their contributions and reactions frequently shed new light on subjects close to their hearts. They tell us how things impact directly on them and that way we, in turn, can ask our decision-makers to explain their thinking.
“This new show will allow us to really discuss and dissect the issues of the day – and put our decision-makers on the spot.”
Kaye will present on Mondays to Thursdays, with John Beattie every Friday in addition to his existing lunchtime news programme on Mondays to Thursdays.
Fred’s new show, Breaking The News, is a weekly satirical panel show which Fred will chair and will feature fellow comedians and journalists in a round up of the week’s news in Scotland and elsewhere. Fred will also present a number of special radio shows from the Edinburgh Fringe featuring comedians and will speak to some of the USA’s satirists when he examines the impact of comedy on politics in a two-part documentary.
Fred MacAulay says: “I am looking forward to taking my radio audience with me on a new journey as I return to my comedy roots. I am excited to be hosting these brand new series and working with BBC Scotland and independent production colleagues. I know how fond the MacAulay and Co audience is of the show and I know how game they’ll be for these new adventures.”
Jeff Zycinski, Head of Radio for BBC Scotland, says: “Both the Commonwealth Games and the Referendum showed us that our listeners want to participate in issues that affect their lives and this move will help them do just that. They’ve told us they want to play their part in questioning the people whose decisions impact on their lives and this move, along with a commitment to new comedy, sport and music, will form the spine of our new schedule.”
In addition to the new mid-morning programme, Good Morning Scotland will now also broadcast on Sundays, bringing the news programme on air seven days a week, while Newsdrive will be extended by 30 minutes every weekday. Sportsound will get regular weekend slots from March, with a Friday evening show on all frequencies, as well as afternoon shows on both Saturdays and Sundays, allowing more sports to be covered in future. The station will also launch a weekly magazine show focussing on personal fitness.
And every week, a new two hour evening music show, Tonight At The Quay, will be recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC Scotland headquarters in Glasgow and will showcase both new and established music of all kinds, enhancing Radio Scotland’s existing specialist music commitment.
The new schedule changes will start in mid to late March.