Jazz FM goes presenter-free late at night

A new schedule at Jazz FM sees Helen Mayhew move on from Dinner Jazz and Clare Anderson’s Late Lounge come to an end.

Clare will continue to be heard on the station though, as she takes over as station voice, whilst Helen moves to other shows. She’ll host True Brit each Thursday at 6pm, whilst also creating a new Friday night programme – Late Night Jazz.

Dinner Jazz will be hosted by Mark Walker from today, whilst 10pm till 6am weekdays will be non-stop Jazz, Soul and Blues.

Elsewhere, The Sarah Ward Collection will air each Sunday at 7pm whilst Funky Sensation returns with John Osborne Saturdays at 6pm.

Also, the station is promoting new talent with Ruth Fisher presenting The Performance Series on Monday nights at 6pm in addition to her Full Circle programme and Radio Academy 30-Under-30 recipient, Chris Gilvear moves from overnights to the weekend breakfast slot.

Content Director Nick Pitts said: “Our new schedule gives our audience more of what they want. It’s great to be able to give Helen and Sarah the opportunity to freely select the greatest music from their substantial collections with their new programmes, whilst promoting new presenting talent, which can only help build on our recent RAJAR success. Having Helen, Chris and Jez spearheading our specialist output, we have weekend late nights that really are appointments to listen”

He continued “I’ve been wanting Funky Sensation permanently back on air for some time and we have big plans for it. Every time the brand gets an outing – either on air or at a live party night – it gets a phenomenal response, and having John with his club night heritage at the helm gives the programme real credibility”.

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