Spanswick to replace Forrest on BBC locals
After four years, Mark Forrest is to leave the networked evening show on BBC Local Radio, to be replaced by Georgey Spanswick.
Georgey currently hosts the show on a Friday, but will become the full time host in the new year. She’ll leave the breakfast show on BBC Radio York where she was just last week named Best Local Breakfast Show at the ARIAS.
Mark has decided to move to London so will no longer be in Leeds where the show is made. Mark said: “I’m proud of the show we have produced for the last four years and I’m pleased to be moving on when the audience figures indicate the show is in great shape.”
Mark will present his last evening show on Thursday February 2.
The introduction of a networked evening show across BBC Local Radio was a controversial move when it started in 2013, and has seen audience figures between 7pm and 10pm decline as a result.
Georgey, who’s also worked for TV-AM, Channel 4 and Yorkshire TV, said: “I’ve loved presenting the Friday evening show for the last year and a bit. So to be able to present the show five nights a week is fantastic.
“My body clock is going to be all over the place because I’m currently up at the crack of dawn. I will actually miss the early starts, the ease of getting into work and that pre-dawn chorus quiet. And, of course, I will miss everyone at Radio York and the listeners.
“But this is a great opportunity to broadcast to the whole of England. I hope to have a good natter with lots of different people and a good laugh with everyone.”
David Holdsworth, the controller of BBC English Regions, said: “I’d like to thank Mark for his hard work and professionalism over the last four years. He has made the evening show an excellent listen. We all wish him well for the future.
“Georgey is one of the brightest talents in local radio – warm, witty and just right for the evening show. I’m sure she’ll prove popular with our listeners.”