New local evening show for BBC Radio Devon

Michael Chequer is to host a new evening show on BBC Radio Devon from 3rd September.

It will air from 7 – 10pm weekdays and feature music, competitions and guests from the local community. There will also be live music performed by local artists.

The new show will be the platform for a new five part drama documentary on the life of one of Devon’s most famous historical figures – Sir Walter Raleigh. Michael’s spent a lot of time over the last two years working with the Devon-based actor John Nettles on the project, which will mark the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter’s death. It features nationally acclaimed actors including John’s on-screen wife (Midsommer Murders) Jane Wymark as well as students from the University of Plymouth.

Michael says: “I passionately believe that local radio is at its most powerful when it is firmly rooted in the communities that it serves. I want this show to reflect the lives of people from Hartland to Seaton – which means that every day I want to be hearing the voices of ordinary people across the county – not because they’re in a position of authority, but because they’re fascinating characters with a story to tell. Devon is the best place in the world to live – let’s celebrate that!”

Mark Grinnell, Managing Editor BBC Radio Devon, adds: “Michael is a fantastic presenter and we know the Radio Devon audience love him, so I am delighted to welcome this great broadcaster back to the radio station with a new local evening show, meaning our listeners get 21 hours a day of local output.”

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  1. Ciaran says

    Can’t speak about Devon but deal the networked programme from 7 to 10 is far better than the BBC radio london replacement show.

  2. Adrian says

    It’s not 21 hours local per day.4 hours of Radio 5 live brings it down to 20 hours and 3 hours is shared so 17 hours of Devon only programming with 12.5 hours on Saturday and 10 hours on Sunday.Sorry to be pedantic!.

    1. Radio Geordie says

      I wouldn’t say it was pedantic when a so-called local service broadcasts programmes which are not local.

      Mark Grinnell is wrong for claiming that the station broadcasts local programming for 21 hours a day when at least 30% of its weekly output comes from elsewhere.

      Mind you, what is actually local is still more than many commercial services have these days.

  3. Radio Geordie says

    Why don’t the BBC just come out and say that the All England programme will end on X date and have it done with rather than the dribs and drabs of stations opting out.

  4. Austin Hawkins says

    I do think that the BBC, uniquely, should provide local radio with a heavy involvement in talking and local community activities and interests, and a more eclectic approach to music rather that predictable pop playlists. Surely they can leave commercial stations to play out post 1950’s pop endlessly.

  5. Devonaire says

    Aren’t the bits they share with Cornwall broadcast from Devon? If so his comment aren’t quite so inaccurate as they should count as local programming (Cornwall can’t count it though!)

  6. ciaran says

    The networked show I feel is far far better than the programme put on BBC radio London between 7pm and 10pm. I always noticed that the show then presented by Mark Forest was never promoted by BBC radio London presenters in the hours preceeding its transmission. It also featured great music and interviews. I very much hope it carries on and it should be brought back to BBC radio London or at the very least be broadcast on BBC radio London’s DAB station

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