Director General Lord Hall has announced that locally-made evening programmes will return to stations across England, as the BBC also scraps £10m of planned cuts to Local Radio.
After four years, Mark Forrest is to leave the networked evening show on BBC Local Radio, to be replaced by Georgey Spanswick.
Georgey Spanswick is the new host of the BBC Local Radio evening show on a Friday as Mark Forrest drops to four days a week.
Latest RAJAR shows the lowest audience figures for the networked BBC local radio evening show.
Wire Free Productions will continue to produce the networked BBC local radio evening programme for at least another 12 months.
BBC Radio 4's Feedback show has featured the new national show with Mark Forrest, with listeners voicing concerns over the output.
Mark Forrest has hosted a two hour test show at 2am today on the BBC Local Radio network ahead of the upcoming networked evening show.
Former Classic FM presenter Mark Forrest is to host the BBC's networked Local Radio Evening programme.