Radio executive follows Alan Partridge to the Fens

A-ha. The former BBC executive who earned a reputation as a "hatchet man" in the reinvention of Radio One has made his broadcasting comeback - mirroring the career of the fictional Alan Partridge by taking the early-morning slot on an East Anglian radio station.

Trevor Dann, who was head of production at Radio One and once produced Live Aid and The Old Grey Whistle Test, is presenting Radio Cambridgeshire's weekday breakfast show, which has 148,000 listeners.

Some observers have likened the move to that of Steve Coogan's comic creation Alan Partridge, who went from local sports presenter to national chat show host before ending up on the early-morning show at Radio Norwich after falling out of favour with the BBC grandees.

Dann began his career in local radio, and became a Radio One executive under Matthew Bannister in the mid-1990s, where he was called "Dann, Dann, the hatchet man" after purging the station of DJs such as Dave Lee Travis and Simon Bates. He was laid off in 2000 after reportedly falling out with Alan Yentob.

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