Six new presenters take over Radio London evenings

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BBC Radio London’s evening output is set to be taken over by six new presenters hosting a show between 8pm and 10pm from Monday 26th November.

The new hosts fronting The Scene have backgrounds from across London’s cultural, music, comedy and spoken word worlds.

BBC Radio London Editor David Robey, tells RadioToday: “The Scene will be a platform for London’s community arts, entertainment and cultural activities, featuring new talent and emerging artists, performers and creators. Aurie, Claira, Judi, Jasmine, Salma and Lionheart have first-hand experience and knowledge of what’s happening in London’s creative and diverse communities which they will bring to listeners every weekday evening on The Scene.”

Here are the details of each new show, direct from the station.

Mondays – The Scene with Aurie Styla

Aurie Styla is a well-known stand-up comedian on the circuit. He has had two sold-out tours and his ‘Sniper Pose’ from the BBC Black Comedy show went viral. The Scene with Aurie Styla is funny and informative – speaking to Londoners from all backgrounds about the cultural and entertainment scene in their communities, whilst touching on relevant topics.

Tuesdays – The Scene with Claira Hermet

Claira describes herself as an adventurer, lover of life, story sharer and positive thinker. Claira’s connection to the UK Grime and Hip Hop scene has seen her present for GRMDaily, SBTV, BT Sport and numerous other platforms. She also has her own YouTube channel where she shares celebrity interviews, vlogs and honest, open videos on topics close to her heart. In early 2015, Claira had a preventive double mastectomy and reconstruction after discovering she carried a cancer causing gene mutation. Both Claira’s mum and sister died of breast cancer which has acted as a driving force for Claira to share her experiences and her message of positive living and self-care through video, radio, print and online.

The Scene with Claira Hermet is a lively and fun mixture of live performance, topical discussion and interviews with guests from different cultures and communities in London. She aims to use her wit, charm and desire to inspire to bring listeners an experience that could have you laughing, learning and feeling motivated all at once. Every week she and her guests will be bringing us all the latest entertainment news in a special and unique way.

Wednesdays – The Scene with Judi Love

Judi Love is a London comedian, her motto is “Laughter is Healing” and she regularly posts entertaining vlogs on her social media. Her topical Facebook Live weekly show, Real Talk, has seen her catapulted into the limelight with appearances on This Morning, BBC News, Comedy Central plus various radio stations including 1Xtra and BBC 5 live. She performed at Dave Chappelle’s secret comedy show in London October 2018 and is one of the rising faces at the renowned Comedy Store London. She is nominated for Best Comedian at the UK Entertainment Awards on Sunday 25 Nov 2018.

The Scene with Judi Love is all about discussing hot topics with artistic people, bringing a fresh and colourful conversation with thought provoking topics and humour, along with live performances.

Thursdays – The Scene with Jasmine Dotiwala

Jasmine Dotiwala is a producer, director, broadcaster, arts and culture TV reporter and columnist from West London. Through her work with the Media Trust she supports and champions voices from hidden communities. Jasmine will draw on her huge list of contacts to talk to artists and performers from all walks of life.

The Scene with Jasmine Dotiwala will shine a light on London’s diverse, grassroots arts and culture and give a platform to voices that too often go unheard.

Fridays – The Scene with Salma El-Wardany and LionHeart

Salma is a writer, poet, spoken word artist and TEDx speaker. Half Egyptian half Irish Londoner she’s fighting for women, new narratives and spaces to share our stories.

LionHeart is a London based Spoken Word Artist and TEDx Speaker. First Poet in residence at Grimshaw Architects he’s also the Co-Founder of SubjectivityUK and passionate about sparking dialogues that change lives and inspire conversation.

The Scene with Salma and Lionheart shines a light on the exciting, diverse and fresh talent of London’s streets, the incredible creative heroes changing our city every day.

(Top photo l-r: Claira Hermet, Aurie Styla, Judi Love, Salma El-Wardany, LionHeart and Jasmine Dotiwala cBBC/Peter Dadds)



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12 Comments
  1. Michael says

    I wish them all luck with their new shows. This should liven up weekday evenings. What’s on between 7pm-8pm – Sport. Hope so.

    1. Pat says

      No Eddie Nestor starts at 5 and continues till 8.I wish the new presenters good luck too but it seems that the reason for the change is that all the stations in the network are being brought into line,they have to do a certain amount of ‘experimental’ programmes at that time,in the same way the station seems to have introduced more BBC local radio style bland music in other shows.

  2. Ted says

    Bang goes their evening audience

    1. Mike says

      Absolutely. But it’s the BBC. They won’t be fussed.

  3. Ron Dobbyn says

    Moving Jason Rosam,s show to 4am is a silly idea. Jason,s show at 7pm was great fun.

  4. Carolina says

    I will miss Jason and the bloke who reviewed the day on Wednesday…(Wein) they got me in stitches when they were together on air!!!

  5. Joe Smith says

    Oh dear.

  6. Spencer Payne says

    Sounds like utter drivel

    Nobody listens to BBC local radio, especially in the evening, just relay 5live

  7. Ciaran Flavin says

    The networked show with Mark Forest and Georgie Spanswick should never have been stopped. It was professional and up beat. Apart from Chris Rogers , BBC radio London presenters never promoted it . I daresay they resented it . The drivetime presenter Eddie Nestor never mentioned the show which came after his programme at 7pm.

  8. Mr Boltar says

    It would seem these people have been chosen simply because of their background or heritage rather than because they’re any good or will provide entertainment. They should just rename the station BBC Diversity FM and at least be honest about the political direction the station is taking. The irony is that the audiences they’re aiming for are already over catered for on the radio and online and the chances that anyone will listen to this rubbish are slim to non-existant.

    1. Joe Smith says

      BBC Diversity FM or alternatively BBC Non-Entity Radio

  9. Adrian says

    Actually,I wouldn’t mind if BBC London brought back some of their old specialist music or sports shows but as a rule I’m personally not keen on what appear to be on the face of it politically correct offerings to minority ethnic communites type shows and wonder if the people they are aimed at will actually listen.More likely if they want such programming they will be tuned into the community stations aimed at them available in various parts of London or elsewhere rather than switching to BBC London for two hours in the evening.

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