Duncan Barkes joins BBC London 94.9
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Posted 5 June 2015, 6.10am edt
BBC London 94.9 is pleased to announce that popular radio broadcaster Duncan Barkes will be joining the BBC station for London, presenting the late night show from 10pm to 2am.
Duncan was most recently at LBC for four years and was nominated in the ‘Radio Programme of the Year’ category as part of the 2015 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
On joining the BBC Duncan said: "The BBC is a world-class broadcaster and I am proud to be joining the BBC London 94.9 team. Night-time radio has a special place in my heart and by joining the BBC I will be able to bring a new kind of late night broadcasting to the capital. It won't be an endless diet of news and politics - it'll be about real life and continuing to give nocturnal Londoners a voice on the airwaves."
Duncan takes over from Simon Lederman who moves to the overnight slot (2am-6am). Current overnight presenter, James Max, has reduced his commitment to one night a week due to his increased work commitments elsewhere but will also provide cover on other programmes.
Editor David Robey said “Duncan Barkes has a strong radio following and is a welcome addition to the BBC London 94.9 line-up. Bringing Duncan on board will strengthen our position as the only radio station entirely dedicated to covering and discussing life in London."
Duncan's first programme for BBC London 94.9 is on Sunday 5 July.
Not happy about this - BBC Radio London have already tried out an ex-LBC presenter who fell woefully short of the mark. Were any of Simon Lederman's loyal fans given a chance to discuss this?
I am totally upset with BBC London 94.9 moving Simon Lederman to yet another timeslot. Why couldn't Duncan Bark [sic] between the 2am-6am slot as a new starter to the station. Simon Lederman is a well loved presenter and should be treated with more respect.
This is a terrible decision. Why move one of 94.9's best and most popular presenters to a time when no-one listens?
It'll be interesting to see how Barkes deals with BBC London's regular callers and the freeform radio format the station uses during the late show.
BBC London surely has realised that they can't continue having the same ten callers on every night as a niche club as a PSB which Duncan should attract listeners from LBC fed up with the wheel of news topics.
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