Former Magic presenter Neil Fox has said his former employer, Bauer Media, was ‘bloody awful’ at handling his recent situation.
Appearing with his wife Vicky on ITV’s This Morning, Neil talked openly about the day he was arrested after finishing his radio show in Golden Square on September 30th 2014. He said his life was in limbo, explaining how he was on bail for three months then four months – and was rearrested – whilst all the time life had to continue at home.
Asked by This Morning host Philip Schofield if Bauer was supportive throughout the ordeal, Neil said the word supportive may be a little “over statement”.
A statement from Bauer, published below, was read out on the TV show:
“From the outset, Bauer Media had a duty of care to Neil, to its staff, listeners and commercial partners.
Therefore, in the best interests of all, the decision was taken for Neil to remain off-air to give him the time to deal privately with the allegations. At no time did Bauer make any assumptions or pre-judgements on the outcome of the case.
During the fifteen months of the investigation Bauer Media maintained regular communication with Neil, his representatives and the police. By the time the case had fully concluded, Neil’s contract had expired and plans had already been created to take the radio station schedule in a new direction.”
Talking about being back on the radio, Neil announced he was returning to weekday breakfast radio in London – on Thames Radio – putting him directly in competition with his old show at Magic.
Neil said: “I’m so looking forward to getting back On-Air at breakfast – a time of day I love and know so well. And I am really excited at the challenge of waking up the World’s Greatest City with a completely fresh-sounding breakfast show where, like the rest of Thames Radio, the emphasis is on the music. News, yes…Travel, yes….Entertainment, Yes….and my guarantee of the Most Music in the mornings. I can’t wait!”
Thames Radio founder Jason Bryant said; “London’s radio listeners love Neil Fox and we are delighted to give them the opportunity to once again hear their favourite presenter at breakfast time. With London’s most music and the best line-up of top radio talent, Thames Radio is well placed to continue to grow its audience further in the coming months.”