Richard Stead replaces Wes at BBC Leeds
Wes Butters is leaving BBC Radio Leeds’ mid morning slot after three years and will be replaced by Minster FM’s Richard Stead.
Richard was at Minster from 1993 to 2006 before joining digital station Yorkshire Radio as Programme Controller. More recently he’s been doing rugby league commentary for the BBC on both Radio Humberside and Radio Leeds, as well as presenting weekend breakfast back on Minster FM since last year. He’ll be leaving Minster again to join the BBC for the Monday to Friday show.
He told RadioToday: “I’m really excited about my new role on BBC Radio Leeds, and it’s great to know I’m joining a first class team. As a Yorkshire lad born and bred, this is a dream opportunity and I can’t wait to start broadcasting for BBC Radio Leeds and getting out and about and meeting audiences around the city.”
Rozina Breen, Managing Editor at BBC Radio Leeds, said: “We are delighted with our latest signing. Richard is a talented broadcaster who makes a special connection with audiences. A fabulous Yorkshire character, he’ll be a great asset to our weekday line up.”
The BBC says Wes is leaving to ‘focus on new ventures’. Wes told RadioToday that he decided to leave to concentrate on his established Mediable business, which puts media professionals into schools and colleges to teach subjects including podcasting, digital video, photography and animation. It also produces audio and video content. Leaving Radio Leeds also means he won’t have a 150-mile round trip to work each day, Wes tells us!
Rozina Breen added: “We are sorry to see Wes go and he has been fantastic to work with; there are so many highlights from his show, including building a community garden in a Leeds council estate, hosting a Tour de France OB from Paris and delivering an original song for World War One at Home. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Wes joined the station to do the 9am-12noon slot in October 2011 from Real Radio. Before that he was at Galaxy 102, Radio 1 and Galaxy North East.