Daily slots for Gabby Logan and Richard Bacon in BBC Radio 5 Live shake-up
Tuesday 20 October 2009
TV sports host Gabby Logan is to host a new daily afternoon show in a shake-up for BBC Radio 5 Live, it was announced today.
And late night presenter Richard Bacon will step in to Simon Mayo's afternoon slot for four days a week when the changes kick in for the New Year.
Former Daily Sport editor Tony Livesey - who has also been a TV sports reporter in north west England - will take over the 10.30pm weekday show in the schedule.
Logan, who has hosted numerous TV sports events for the BBC, will host a two-hour daily show from noon each weekday. The news and sport-based show will feature Prime Minister's Questions on a Wednesday with analysis from the station's chief political correspondent John Pienaar.
Logan has been a weekend host for 5 Live and will move over in January. The changes are to gear up for the station's move to Salford the following year.
Bacon will take over from Mayo - who is moving to host the Radio 2 drivetime show, replacing Chris Evans - with a two-hour programme from Monday to Thursday. The former Blue Peter and Big Breakfast presenter will host a show focusing on current affairs, entertainment and culture.
Mayo will continue to present the 2pm show on Friday, co-hosting it with film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode.
Livesey, who has been a regular voice on Radio 5 Live, will present the late night programme four days a week from 10.30pm to 1am, debating the issues of the day.
The breakfast show will continue to be hosted by Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogerty, Victoria Derbyshire will remain at 10am and Peter Allen continues with his drivetime show from 4pm.
Completing the moves, TV presenter Kate Silverton will replace Gabby Logan's weekend show when she takes the Sunday 9.30am to 11am programme, reviewing the week and looking ahead to the day's sports fixtures.
Radio 5 Live controller Adrian Van Klaveren said: "I'm delighted with this quality line-up of hugely talented broadcasters and I'm really excited about the new schedule, which sets us up brilliantly for the move to Salford in 2011."
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