Radio move for Gordon Burns

The BBC's regional television anchor in the North West, Gordon Burns, will present a new radio show in Lancashire and Greater Manchester when he retires from TV later this year.

The former Krypton Factor host will do a Sunday morning show that we're told will feature a lively mix of guests, news, conversation and debate.

Gordon, 68, is leaving the regional television news programme North West Tonight – after nearly 15 years as its main host – in September when the studios move to MediaCityUK on Salford Quays from their current home in central Manchester.

He says: "I'm pleased that I won't be missing out on the excitement of the big move as I'll be heading over there with my brand new show on Radio Manchester and Radio Lancashire. But for the next six months I will continue to concentrate on co-presenting North West Tonight with all the enthusiasm and dedication I can muster in the constant bid to produce programmes of the very highest standard."

Aziz Rashid, Head of BBC North West, said: "Gordon's contribution to the success of North West Tonight has been phenomenal. In fact he is a broadcasting phenomenon. His is a unique talent who has navigated millions of viewers through the issues that matter across the region. I’d like to thank him for his commitment and expertise and I’m delighted that Gordon has agreed to present a brand new show on our radio stations for Manchester and Lancashire."

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