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Dean Martin covers at BBC Sussex and Surrey

The summer schedule at BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey will include former Gold and Thames Radio presenter Dean Martin.

Dean will be covering for Danny Pike on Saturday 2nd September between 9am and Midday. Dean was a long-serving presenter on Gold Radio and was most recently heard on Thames Radio.

Commenting on his first show, Dean said: “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to entertain the BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey listeners. In addition, my father, who lives in Littlehampton, will finally be able to listen to me!”

Richard Woods was a finalist in the 2015 series of the Apprentice and will be hosting a special programme for Bank Holiday Monday 28 August between 2 and 6pm. Richard is an entrepreneur, professional keynote speaker, investor and bestselling author living locally in Windlesham.

Also, this weekend (Saturday 5 August) also sees the return of long-serving C-Beebies presenter Chris Jarvis, who will be covering for James Cannon on the BBC Surrey Saturday Breakfast Show 6-9am. Chris lives locally in Guildford and did his first professional panto at the old Guildford Civic Hall with Jack Douglas and Bernie Nolan.

Chris said: “It’s so great to be invited back to BBC Surrey; not only is it the most fantastic radio station… it’s less than ten minutes from my home! I’m looking forward to helping listeners get the most out of their weekend in Surrey and North East Hampshire.”

Commenting on the signings, Assistant Managing Editor Mark Carter told RadioToday: “I’m thrilled to welcome Dean and Richard to our airwaves. Both are passionate about what they do. Suffice to say, it’s also a joy to welcome back Chris Jarvis. His TV commitments and theatre shows keep Chris incredibly busy, so it’s great that he’s been able to find some time to be with us once again”.

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  1. Iain Elsey says

    The BBC has sadly let down the people of Surrey and those living in Sussex who had a heritage BBC local radio station. The combining of the station is a disaster and especially presenters mentioning “BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey” followed by imaging for the individual stations. Maybe better for the presenter to just stay silent The station could do a lot more with individual what’s on, travel, local news for the individual counties. Why not broadcast “Surrey Drive” between 4pm and 7pm and not just between the first and third hour of a Sussex originated programme. Commercial radio can do it very well elsewhere. Sadly the biggest problem is the Editor is reluctant or won’t disclose listening figures for the individual counties (e.g. Sussex and Surrey). I would have thought she would want to know? The Sussex figures probably hold up well. The Surrey figures are probably not good compared to other BBC local radio stations – a strong and well established ILR taking the larger share. Sadly I am paying my licence fee and getting a second rate service…. I have offered to help and am still waiting the call. Maybe pride means I won’t get a call?

  2. Phil Dobbie says

    It might be sour grapes on my part, but BBC local radio generally sounds like something from a bygone age.

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