Iain Lee will not be on BBC WM this weekend after what he calls a ‘mix up’ at the station.
He tweeted this morning saying his BBC 3CR show today is his last of the week, and that he’ll explain later. One eagle-eyed follower corrected him to say he’d forgot about his WM shows. Iain then tweeted more details about the sudden departure:
“Hi guys…just so you know..I don’t work @bbcwm any more. Was hoping to do shows this weekend but cos of a mix up I wont be”. He continued in a follow up tweet: “They thought it was odd me doing Friday afternoon AND Saturday morning and wanted me to just do Saturdays. I didn’t want that”.
He also thanked his producers Jo and Mark for being “awesome producers”.
Iain Lee has been hosting the Friday afternoon show from 2-4pm for almost a year – a programme hosted by Sunny and Shay Grewal Monday to Thursday. It’s in addition to his Saturday 10am till 12pm slot. The BBC WM website still shows Iain on the schedule.
BBC WM was named the Station of the Year at the Gillard Awards last year.
BBC WM has confirmed the move, announcing Richie, who was born and raised in Smethwick, is taking over the two shows.
“I’m delighted to have been given these programmes and can’t wait to get stuck in. Iain did a fantastic job so I’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill!” Richie said.
Sarah Harness, Editor at BBC WM, “It has been a pleasure having Iain on board. He is a great presenter and a valued member of the BBC family.
“We’re looking forward to having Richie join the daytime schedule. He is a Black Country lad through and through and I know he’ll do a great show that listeners will love”.
A spokesperson told RadioToday: ““All radio stations refresh their schedules from time to time. Iain Lee was offered other opportunities on BBC WM. We would like to thank Iain for all he has done for the station. He continues to present his popular Breakfast Show on BBC Three Counties Radio.”