Ian Collins returns to BBC Radio Kent for Breakfast

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Former LBC, talkRADIO and Invicta FM presenter Ian Collins is joining BBC Radio Kent to host the breakfast show with Anna Cookson.

Ian left LBC’s late show last month after five years on-air just days before Eddie Mair was added to the weekday schedule.

It’s a return to the BBC for Ian, as he previously hosted a Friday Phone-In on Radio Kent along with a satirical political show in 2015.

Ian Collins tells RadioToday: “To be asked to host The Breakfast Show, and in my home county, is a real honour. I’m more than aware that I’m about to fill some very big boots here. Kent is facing some huge challenges right now, not just politically and economically, but also in terms of transport, health, education and culture.

“The chance to hold our MPs and institutions to account and debate the big issues with Kent listeners is one I totally relish. The Breakfast Show in Kent is a key part of both the regional and national conversation and being at the forefront of this, along with Anna, really is a great place to be. In addition to all of this, being back in Kent means I once again get to experience the joys of the Dartford Crossing, the M20 and trying to find a parking space in Maidstone.”

Gordon Davidson, Editor at BBC Radio Kent, says: “It’s great to have Ian back on his home county radio station. John is a hard act to follow so we needed to make sure we found someone at the very top of their game and Ian is a perfect fit. His wit and intelligence has made him one of the premier talk hosts in the country and with Anna Cookson with him on Breakfast, we have one of the sharpest teams on the radio.

“John’s move to drive now completes one of the strongest line-ups in the station’s history. John is a legend in Kent and the new drive show will give him the perfect platform to champion our listeners’ issues and make a real difference in the day to day life of the county.”

RadioToday reported last month that John Warnett would be leaving the breakfast show and moving to Drivetime from November 5th.

John Warnett says: “I know Ian well and he’s a top bloke and a great broadcaster. He’ll be brilliant on Breakfast. Working with Anna has been wonderful and I will miss her enthusiasm and optimism and her cheery demeanour in the mornings. It’s been a blast. Thank you all.”

BBC Radio Kent Breakfast with Ian Collins & Anna Cookson will air weekdays between 6am and 9am, while John Warnett & Lauren Troup are on air weekdays from 3pm to 6pm. Both will launch on November the 5th 2018.



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5 Comments
  1. Robin Juste Emery says

    Fantastic news. BBC Radio Kent could not have found a better replacement for 20+ years of John Warner!

    Welcome back to Kent, Ian!

    1. Mr Boltar says

      Call me a cynic, but I suspect he’s not a replacement for warnett, rather he’s the reason warnett got demoted to drive in the first place. So much for his taking some time off after leaving lbc.

    2. Andrew Murray says

      Great news – his departure from LBC struck me as rather sudden.
      Makes me wonder if said departure was to join BBC Radio Kent……
      Whatever the reason , glad to have you back Mr.C 😉

  2. Craig stewart says

    Having listened to ian and had the pleasure of meeting with him in person ,radio kent have certainly catapulted themselves into the PREMIER LEAGUE,great news and having now just ended a 28 month period of street homelessness in central london look forward to 5th november,and perfect way to start each day …

  3. Richard E says

    Always thought he would end up there after leaving LBC. He has worked for them before!

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