Shake-up threatens top BBC radio presenters
16:28 07 October 2011
Popular broadcaster Stephen Bumfrey could see his radio show axed as the BBC looks to shed 2,000 staff.
To save 20 per cent of its budget, the corporation will merge more of its regional radio content.
The BBC Norfolk presenter is fighting for his 1pm to 4pm slot with BBC Suffolk broadcaster Lesley Dolphin.
But other popular shows such as Thursday evening’s The Scrimmage and Canary Call are safe.
Radio Norfolk editor David Clayton stressed the proposals, which were announced on Thursday, were still in their early stages.
But more details of how the radio station will cope with the slashing of its budget are emerging.
On weekdays before 6am BBC Norfolk will broadcast a national radio station such as Radio Two or Five Live rather than Wally Webb’s show.
From 6am to 1pm the schedule will remain as normal, with either Stephen Bumfrey or Lesley Dolphin taking over the airwaves in the early afternoon.
After Matthew Gudgin’s drive time slot from 4pm to 7pm an England-wide show will be broadcast unless the Canaries are playing a football match.
Mr Clayton said: “Up until now there has never been a Radio England. I think it is a really exciting idea.
“There is a lot of work to do on this. We have been through changes before and we will do them again.”
Radio Norfolk has to save the equivalent of four posts, but Mr Clayton said they would try and find the savings without shedding staff.
On Saturdays the station will broadcast the same shows from 6am to 6pm as now.
And on Sunday mornings it will retain its faith show and begin sharing content from 1pm.