Louise Cooper and Mickey Clarke to leave 5 Live

Sean Farrington will be the sole presenter of Wake Up To Money from March as BBC Radio 5 Live confirms Louise Cooper and Mickey Clarke are leaving.

The changes are part of the ongoing BBC cuts, which also includes the end of Mornings Reports, as revealed by RadioToday last week.

A BBC spokesperson told us: “Louise and Mickey are brilliant journalists who will be missed by listeners and colleagues alike. Mickey has been at the station since it started in 1994 and is a 5 Live legend.

“Louise is a great broadcaster who has made a superb contribution to Wake Up To Money. We wish them both well for the future. The programme will continue to provide the best business, work and consumer news each morning and will now be extended by 15 minutes from April.”

At the moment, the programme is presented by Sean with Louise Cooper (Mondays and Tuesdays) and Sean and Mickey Clarke (Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays).

Sean will present solo from March 2020 but regular contributor Rico Hizon in Singapore will still be part of the programme.

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9 Comments
  1. Mark Budgen says

    In a few years 5 Live will be nothing but live sport and recorded podcasts, which will probably be sport podcasts.

  2. Billy says

    Sad, not a good move

  3. Digestive says

    So all that money squandered on the garbage Sounds App is having to be recouped by reducing the quality of the BBC’S journalism.

    Merchant Bankers

  4. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

    LOUISE COOPER & MICKEY CLARKE WILL BE SIGNED BY TALKRADIO VERY SOON

    1. Bradley Gotting says

      Or LBC.

      1. mb23 says

        Louise Cooper works for the Times., which just happens to be launching a radio station shortly.

  5. Kevin Hunt says

    Mistake! The chemistry between Mickey, Louise, Sean – and Rico(!) make the programme work – and we need something lively to make listening worthwhile at 05:15 in the morning. It certainly isn’t the same on days when Mickey isn’t on. Another case of Auntie shooting herself in the foot methinks. Maybe reviewing the BBC Licence fee is not such a bad idea after all………

  6. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

    TALKRADIO GUIT RU OF THU8ER AFTERNION HOST THOUGH I CANNOT REMEMBER HIS NAME LOUSE & MICKEY CAN REPLACE HIM

  7. Jeff Featherstone says

    5 Live do seem to be developing a habit of losing the charismatic big personalities.

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