Former Radio Wales, LBC, 5 live and Real Radio presenter Simon Parkin is going full time at BBC Somerset.
Simon has been hosting Saturday breakfast on the station for the last 12 years but will make the move to weekdays from August 29th, replacing Ben McGrail. Jack Murley has been covering in the meantime.
“I’m really excited to be joining BBC Somerset full time, Simon says. “It’s a fantastic radio station that has a great relationship with its listeners and best of all it’s in the county that’s my home. In my time on Saturday Breakfast I’ve discovered how thoughtful, passionate and entertaining our listeners are and I can’t wait to be spending my weekday mornings with them.
“Having lived in Somerset for over 20 years and spent much of that time working all over the country, I’m really pleased that instead of being in the traffic queues on the M5 and the A303, I’ll be on the radio telling everyone else how to avoid them!”
BBC Somerset Editor Nick Bull says “Getting Simon on board full-time is fantastic news for BBC Somerset. Simon is a smart, skilled and witty broadcaster who just loves being on air entertaining his listeners. He throws himself into every project he puts his mind to and his new show will be no different! Simon will follow Claire Carter on the Breakfast Show creating a really strong line-up throughout the morning. It’s just as well Simon is used to working in a broom cupboard as we are a small station, but we certainly aim big!”
Simon is well known for his time on TV in the Broom Cupboard on BBC Children’s television, and has recently been hosting the weather on ITV Meridian. His last night on ITV Meridian is July 28th.