Mass exodus at Talk 107
Edinburgh's all speech station Talk 107 hit the headlines this weekend with claims that six of the on-air staff have been told their jobs are under threat. In addition, PD Mike Graham and Breakfast show host Susan Morrison have already left under restructuring plans by station boss Matt Allit.
During a series of meetings on Friday it was announced to staff that the station is entering a period of review, which could result in less reliance on phone-ins and more emphasis on light hearted discussions.
Morning host Susan Morrison is a local comedienne and newspaper columnist, and her exit along with Mike Graham means all the day-time presenters from when the station launched in February two years ago have now left, as pointed out by [link=http://www.allmediascotland.com/articles/2411/14032008/fifth_of_radio_station_staff_facing_redundancy]allmediascotland.com[/link] which broke the story on Friday. Even Scottie McClue has been given the old heave-ho.
One comment on the story after it appeared in the Scotsman said: "This radio station has the lowest profile of any local radio station in the universe. I am sure most folk don't know it even exists."
UTV Radio say: "We are planning to reshape the content more in the style we now know listeners in Edinburgh want. That will be based on well-informed presenters with a great sense of humour." A new schedule will be announced shortly.
The station launched two years ago but still only attracts a three per cent reach in the Edinburgh area – a total of 35,000 listeners according to the most recent RAJAR figures.