Bara back for BBC Jersey
Roger Bara is returning to host the breakfast show on BBC Radio Jersey – a job he first did back in 1993.
He replaces Chris Stone who'll move to a new afternoon show on the station from next Monday.
Radio Jersey Managing Editor, Jon Gripton, said: "Roger Bara is one of Jersey's best-known broadcasters and I am delighted to have him back where he belongs presenting the Radio Jersey breakfast show. Roger Bara At Breakfast will be a lively, hard-hitting, interactive and entertaining start to the day."
Roger said: "It will be so good to once again be at the very heart of everything that happens in our island. I have sorely missed holding to account the island's decision makers. I'm also looking forward to both talking to and taking comments from our thousands of listeners throughout the parishes."
Roger comes from a colourful and musical background, having been Bonnie Tyler's keyboard player in the late-Seventies and featuring in many TV shows – including several appearances on Top Of The Pops. Since joining Radio Jersey in 1989, Roger has presented some of the most memorable moments in recent island history. The 50th anniversary Liberation Day celebrations in 1995 saw Roger host two days of outside broadcasts. Two years later Roger led a team covering the Island Games, providing 12 hours a day of live action from venues throughout the island. He has also hosted every election night programme since the mid-Nineties.
In other changes starting next week, Radio Jersey presenters Carrie Cooper and Sara Palmer will host a 10am-1pm programme, which Sara describes as: "Like Loose Women but for a Jersey audience – lively guests and topical talk all with a smile."
There will also be a new daily news programme Jersey At One with Chris Rayner, providing in-depth news and analysis of the day's events across the island at 1pm.
Chris Stone's new afternoon show will showcase Jersey life and be "the show that is proudest to say 'Made in Jersey' on the label."
Christina Ghidoni will present a new show between 4-7pm which, on Thursdays, will incorporate the political talk show Talkback – which is moving from its Sunday slot. Christina said: "I'm looking forward to speaking to people from all walks of life in Jersey about what is important to them. I love to listen and I can't wait to hear what our listeners have to say."
On Friday evenings, Roger Bara and Richard Collinson will present a new sports news and chat show from 6-7pm. Sundays will also have a different sound as The Sunday Request Show takes the place of Talkback between 10am-12pm and the popular Sunday Classics show, with Tim Pollard, moves to a new Sunday lunchtime slot.
Radio Jersey Managing Editor, Jon Gripton, said: "We are always looking for ways to better serve our audience on the island and adapt to changing lifestyles. As well as bringing Roger back to Breakfast we think our listeners old and new will love the blend of local news, weather, travel, talk and great music that all our programmes provide. I am confident that the passion all our presenters share for life on the island in all its nuances will make every show a big hit with our listeners."