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90 year old Desmond Carrington to leave BBC Radio 2

BBC Radio legend Desmond Carrington has announced on his show, The Music Goes Round, that he will be hosting his last show on Friday 28th October from 7-8pm.

30 September, 2016 more
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Reaction to Helen Boaden’s resignation from the BBC

Helen Boaden has resigned from her post as Director of Radio at the BBC, and radio industry colleagues have been quick to show their appreciation.

30 September, 2016 more
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BBC to advertise for new Director of Radio

Following Helen Boaden’s resignation, the BBC will now advertise for a replacement Director of Radio.

30 September, 2016 more
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Helen Boaden steps down as BBC Director of Radio

BBC Director of Radio Helen Boaden has resigned from her post, retiring after 34 years.

Helen will step down in March 2017 as James Purnell, who already has responsibility for education, will bring together network Radio, Arts, Music, Learning and Children’s as Director, Radio & Education.

She will stay on to lead the radio teams until the new division starts on 31 October. She will then remain responsible for myBBC, the BBC’s major digital project, as well as leading the BBC’s contribution to Hull City of Culture.

The BBC will also be recruiting a new Director of Radio, within James’s team, to give creative leadership and focus day-in-day out.

In an email to staff, Helen explains:

“As many of you are aware, I have been talking to Tony for some time about my retirement from the BBC and this morning I gave him my resignation.

After 34 very good years, it feels the right time to go though it is never easy to leave something you love. With a new Charter to implement, Tony needs a top team in for the long haul. By contrast I am at a stage when I want to put my energy, skills and experience into other things I care about.

I am lucky enough to have done some great, if challenging, jobs at the BBC and the last few years running BBC Radio, with all its creativity, innovation and sheer fun, have been especially productive and happy. It’s a joy and a privilege to lead our very talented and hugely committed teams and our magnificent Performing Groups.

With 5 live’s welcome return to the Radio division, our stations are in one family again, in fabulous creative health and well prepared for the next wave of digital change and competition. BBC Radio remains genuinely world class and greatly loved by its audience. It should never be taken for granted.

And BBC Radio is central to a thriving UK Radio industry which, we should remind people, reaches 90% of the population every day. I started in commercial radio and have many radio friends outside the BBC in the commercial and independent sectors. Although we compete fiercely, the fact is that together we give the British people huge amounts of pleasure and companionship.

I leave the BBC in the new year and hope to see many of you between now and then. Today I simply want to thank you for welcoming me back so warmly four years ago and for giving me such an inspiring time.

I admire your work, your spirit and your values more than I can say and I am delighted that my final job here has been as Director of Radio, for me the most creative and generous part of the BBC.

With heartfelt thanks and warmest best wishes for the future.”

Lord Hall will now advertise for a replacement Director of Radio.

30 September, 2016 more
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Sadie Nine takes over BBC Essex breakfast show

Sadie Nine is the new voice of the breakfast show on BBC Essex, replacing James Whale.

29 September, 2016 more
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Craig David joins BBC Radio 1Xtra Live line-up

BBC Radio 1Xtra today announced that Capital Xtra DJ Craig David has joined the line-up for 1Xtra Live in Liverpool

28 September, 2016 more
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BBC radio broadcaster Paddy O’Flaherty dies

BBC Radio Ulster presenter and journalist Paddy O’Flaherty has died at the age of 73 following a recent illness.

27 September, 2016 more
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Helen Boaden confirms retirement from BBC Radio

BBC Director of Radio Helen Boaden has confirmed she will step down from her position within months.

26 September, 2016 more
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Ken MacQuarrie heads up BBC Nations and Regions

Ken MacQuarrie, Director of BBC Scotland, has been appointed as the BBC’s new Director of Nations and Regions, working across all areas of the BBC including radio.

22 September, 2016 more
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James Whale to leave BBC Essex Breakfast

BBC Essex breakfast show presenter James Whale is leaving the station, he announced on-air this morning.

22 September, 2016 more
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BBC Audio Drama Awards open for entries

The annual BBC Audio Drama Awards return for a sixth year to celebrate the exceptional talent, creativity and diversity of audio drama.

20 September, 2016 more
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MistaJam to host Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1

Annie Mac’s evening show on BBC Radio 1 will be hosted by MistaJam when Annie takes maternity leave from January 2017.

19 September, 2016 more
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BBC Radio 3 wins special achievement award

BBC Radio 3 has been honoured for its ‘extraordinary work’ at one a classical music industry awards.

17 September, 2016 more
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Editor Steve Austins to exit BBC Radio Wales

Steve Austins has announced that he will step down from his role as Editor of BBC Radio Wales later in the Autumn.

16 September, 2016 more
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Presenter Mike Parr takes a break from BBC Tees

BBC Tees Mid-morning presenter Mike Parr is to take a six-month break from the radio station to spend time with his family and go travelling.

16 September, 2016 more
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BBC Radio 4 drops C-bomb at 11:15am

BBC Radio 4 presenter Gary Younge read out the C word during a pre-recorded programme on Wednesday morning.

15 September, 2016 more
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Calvin Harris to co-host BBC Radio 1 show

Calvin Harris will be co-hosting Annie Mac’s Friday night Radio 1 Dance Show this weekend.

15 September, 2016 more
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Rona Fairhead to stand down as BBC Chair

BBC chair Rona Fairhead is to stand down after four months after being told she would need to reapply for the job.

14 September, 2016 more
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Jazz FM and BBC pop-up jazz station returns

The pop-up digital station run by Jazz FM and the BBC is returning for 2016, for five days from November 10th.

13 September, 2016 more
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Colin Murray returns to BBC Radio 5 live

Former talkSPORT host Colin Murray is returning to 5 live’s Fighting Talk for a second stint as presenter and judge.

12 September, 2016 more