Former Capital Yorkshire breakfast show presenter Stephanie Hirst is joining BBC Radio Leeds to host the weekday mid-morning show.
In addition, Richard Stead moves from mid-mornings to Breakfast, replacing Liz Green who will move to present the afternoon phone-in show from 12pm until 3pm. Current afternoon show presenter Andrew Edwards will move to weekend breakfast from April 21st.
Stephanie will present her first regular daytime radio programme in four years after leaving Hirsty’s Daily Dose on Capital. She told RadioToday: “I’m beyond excited to be on air again in Yorkshire. I feel like I’m going back to where I belong.”
Richard, who currently presents mid-morning on Radio Leeds, says: “I’ll have to set the alarm clock even earlier now! I can’t wait to get cracking and I’m looking forward to waking up West Yorkshire.”
Sanjiv Buttoo, Editor of BBC Radio Leeds, said: “Richard Stead is one of the nicest guys I’ve had the pleasure to work with and I know listeners will enjoy his quick-witted humour at breakfast. I’m really looking forward to him waking up our listeners with a smile as well as bringing you everything you would expect from your BBC local radio station.”
“Stephanie is back – and she’s on Radio Leeds. She’s one of the biggest names in the radio industry and I’m really thrilled that she’s joining my team of talented producers, reporters and presenters. We know she’s popular with our listeners from the fantastic feedback we’ve already received when she stood in on the mid-morning show last year and we can’t wait for her to join us.”
“Stephanie added: “I’m really looking forward to joining the team at BBC Radio Leeds. I’ve loved radio ever since I first stepped into a studio aged 12 and I’m incredibly grateful that I’ve been able to build a career doing what I adore. After four exciting years of change I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love the most, talking to the people of Yorkshire on the radio.”
Richard Stead has worked in broadcasting for over 20 years. He has presented the mid-morning show on BBC Radio Leeds for four years and is also a rugby league commentator.
Both Richard and Stephanie will present their first shows on Tuesday April 3rd.
Liz Green said: “I’ve had a fantastic five years on the breakfast show, winning awards including a Bronze Award at the ARIAs in 2017. But I’m really happy to be returning to the phone-in show, it’s a show I have presented before and I love chatting to the people of West Yorkshire. I’m also really looking forward to having a lie-in!”