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New and old faces for Solent

Old favourite Richard Cartridge is returning to the weekend line-up on BBC Radio Solent, and a new name – Sasha Twining – is joining the station.

Richard takes over Sunday afternoons 2-5pm from Mike Powell, while Sasha will present Saturday Brunch 8-11am.

Current Sunday afternoon presenter and journalist Mike Powell takes on more responsibility in the Solent news room, presenting the station's daily extended lunchtime news and the afternoon bulletins five days a week.

Sasha's appointment follows regional TV presenter Sally Taylor's decision last year to take a break from her Saturday morning show to enjoy a weekend lie-in. Sasha has been a news presenter on Sky, a correspondent for ITV and a BBC continuity announcer – but started out in radio with a career including stints at LBC, talkSPORT and Magic.

Radio Solent Managing Editor Chris Carnegy told us: "Sasha and Richard are two very welcome additions to our weekend line-up. Sasha was a big success when she hosted some shows for us in 2009 and this is just the right chance to get her back. She combines a wealth of experience with a warm, friendly style that'll be just the right wake-up call for the weekend."

He added: "It's over a year since Richard came back to his 'spiritual home' at Solent and a relaxing Sunday afternoon will be even more of a pleasure with his warmth and humour."

On the departure of Sally Taylor, Chris says: "I want to say a big thank you to Sally for the stylish and entertaining sound she's brought to Saturday mornings and I'm confident we'll hear her back on Solent soon. Last year, Sally felt it was time to reclaim her weekends and we agreed that she'd do so from this Spring, but rest assured she'll still be working hard all week to keep viewers of South Today up to date with the news across the South."

Saturday Brunch starts on Saturday 5 February and the Richard Cartridge Afternoon Show launches later in the month. The Big Dorset Brunch will continue on the 103.8FM frequency for listeners in West Dorset.

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