Merseyside gets ready for ’08

BBC Radio Merseyside is getting ready to celebrate Liverpool's Capital of Culture status next year by making some on-air changes. Claire Hamilton, who currently presents an arts and culture show on Sundays, has been given a new drive time show starting at the end of September 2007.

The station will give more prominence to celebrating the diverse cultural activities that will be taking place throughout the city next year. The radio station aims to be a key part of the celebrations in 2008.

The new daily programme, from 5 to 7pm, will highlight events taking place across the region as well as bringing all the latest stories from the world of art and culture.

Throughout 2008, Claire will also present a series of 60-second updates across the day giving a snap shot of the latest news and events from the city as they happen.

Meanwhile current drive time presenter Linda McDermott launches a new late night lifestyle and entertainment programme from 10pm to 1am each week night from Monday 1 October 2007.

As well as taking a look at all the happenings from around the city, Linda will also host a green room event once a month at Radio Merseyside's performance space, in Hanover Street, when she will be talking to all the characters, guests and stars taking part in events around the city.

In other changes the station's News Editor, Andy Ball, takes over as the permanent host of the Saturday morning breakfast programme from 1 September and Tony Snell and Sean Styles kick off their respective breakfast show and mid-morning show from 28 August.

Acting Managing Editor of Radio Merseyside, Phil Roberts, said: "The team here at BBC Radio Merseyside are well prepared for the Capital of Culture. These schedule changes put us in the best position to cover the main events next year as well as giving our listeners an interesting insight into the heart of what will be going on in and around the city."

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