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Dotun Adebayo reinstated to BBC Radio London Sunday show

In a surprise u-turn, BBC Radio London has decided not to cancel Dotun on Sunday.

In an email to staff on Thursday, BBC Head of Local Radio Chris Burns announced Dotun Adebayo will continue to present his Sunday evening show.

It said: “I just wanted to update you re Dotun’s show on Radio London. Dotun has had a meeting this afternoon with the management team at Radio London and will continue to present his Sunday evening show.”

Dotun announced last weekend that the BBC was removing him from the Sunday evening show after 20 years, against his wishes. The programme covers London’s diverse communities and the issues affecting them.

In a tweet today, Dotun said the leaked email was correct, simply writing: “I can confirm this. Thank you for all your support.”

A BBC Radio London spokesperson said: “Dotun is an outstanding presenter and a valued member of our team. We have a responsibility to look after our staff and were concerned about his schedule presenting eight shows a week, including an overnight show seven nights a week. We discussed this with Dotun and a decision was made to ease his workload. We appreciate his desire to continue with his Sunday show so can confirm he will now do that while reducing his overnight shows to six a week.”

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  1. Joe Smith says

    Is Dotun identifying as female now then?

    1. Pat says

      No but they probably got protests from the ‘diverse communities’ the show serves,the BBC wouldn’t want to lose those would they?-

      1. Joe Smith says


  2. Ron Dobbyn says

    I have asked before, maybe Radio London could put Simon Lederman back on air now too. And maybe they could put on lots of new one hour shows between 8 and 10, if they dropped the boring 10 hours a week ” Scene”. And Duncan Barkes should decide if he wants to host a talk show, or a music show, as in my view they don’t mix in his show. Ps Trivia Question.. Didn’t Nick Abbot host Radio London Breakfast for a year once? I bet that was riot.

    1. Pat says

      Well sort of,I remember the opening of GLR- he was the first breakfast presenter-lot’s of news and A.O.R music.Interesting that the BBC are now trying to get music allowed on breakfast shows between 7 and 8.30-in those days there was quite a lot even before GLR there were a couple of discs on Radio London’s Rush hour show during that slot.

    2. Mr Boltar says

      If BBC London wants to get some decent ratings the first thing they should do is get rid if that squawking phoney Fletz and put a decent presenter on at Breakfast. Male or female, I don’t care, but Feltz is just god awful. Quite how she’s lasted so long is a complete mystery to me and whichever moronic programme controller thought she was an improvement over Penny Smith should never work in radio again.

      1. Joe Smith says

        Couldn’t agree more!

  3. Mike says

    And the Dotun re-instatement is a mistake. He just isn’t very good.

  4. Radio Geordie says

    Reminds me of the phrase involving ‘Arse’ & ‘Elbow’.

    1. Joe Smith says

      Aren’t they two of ITV’s finest celebrity non-entities?

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