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Weekend changes for BBC 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live launches a new look to its weekend schedule this week with new programmes in its evening slots and a new line up for 606.

And from August, the popular Sports Report returns to a full hour from 5pm till 6pm each Saturday.

The football phone-in 606 gets a new two-hour berth on Saturday presented by Mark Chapman and Robbie Savage, fresh from the pitch every week after playing for Derby County. The show will be produced by the indie Somethin' Else.

A new Saturday night news and lifestyle programme will run from 8-10pm. The station will pilot new ideas in the next few weeks before deciding the final format.

On Sundays Alan Green will present the Sunday night edition of 606, starting at 6pm, also produced by Somethin' Else, and John Pienaar will present Pienaar's Politics – a new agenda-setting Sunday evening political programme from 7pm.

Declan Curry will present a new show from 8pm with key interviews and topical discussion from the business world. And at 9pm on Sundays, it'll be 5 Live Investigates, a new weekly current affairs programme, with original stories and hard-hitting interviews.

Radio 5 Live Controller, Adrian Van Klaveren, said: "I think this really boosts our weekend schedule. It's great to restore the much-loved Sports Report to its full hour and I'm very excited about what Robbie Savage can bring to presenting 606 straight from the pitch on a Saturday. Our new current affairs programme will break important stories. Declan Curry is a key voice in business journalism and John Pienaar really gets under the skin of politics in an accessible and interesting way."

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