Popular broadcaster Stephen Bumfrey could see his radio show axed as the BBC looks to shed 2,000 staff.

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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.

11 comments

  • Plenty good enough people object paying a license fee just to fund the corporate BS the BBC pumps out each and every day. Bargain Hunt, Antiques in the Attic, Antiques fiona bruce turn the camera around so i put this in my bag road show etc. How many times is there a news article where several BBC regions turn up with their vans with a dish, where one will do the same job.

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    chebram71

    Friday, October 7, 2011

  • I'd like to see Eastenders taken off the box,along with Casualty and the other hospital mid-week dross.....In fact, almost the entire schedule is dull and well past it's sell date............So glad for iPlayer for the footie, as I don't subsribe to their telly tax.

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    nrg

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

  • Radio Norfolk is just so poor these days and I really don’t think many of the presenters would be missed one iota if sacked. I mean just where did they find that Mcdonut women, who is on in the morning ? She is just so rude to some of her guests and never seems to get things right. As for the radio Norfolk news, they continually play the wrong interviews, it’s all just so amateurish. I say bring back the likes of Keith Skipper and characters like the late John Mills and Roy Waller or take it off the air altogether.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

  • Time for the BBC to give up its frequencies and for the return to the airwaves of Radio Caroline. Radio BBC and Commercial in this country has long been dead all the stations now doing the same old drivell just different voices and most commercail stations owned by the same old compaines.

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    City Boy

    Friday, October 7, 2011

  • Save the Wally!!!

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    nrg

    Friday, October 7, 2011

  • bbc radio norfolk is NOTHING like the "same old drivell". the morning phone in shows, discussing topical events are REALLY interesting (chris goreham show) and treasure quest on sundays is one of the highlights of the week! (david clayton and becky betts). whats the point of mixing it all into a "bbc england" surely radio 2,4 and 5 cover that? save local radio! theres pages dedicated to saving local radio on fb etc. x

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    Fiona Battigan

    Friday, October 7, 2011

  • BBC Local Radio Stations are well known for having far too many staff . I think the journalists at Radio Norfolk should be culled . They basically tell us what was in the local papers two or three days ago . The cutbacks in programmes makes sense . Personally I would give Wally Webb the Breakfast Show , and get rid of the immature Chris Goreham . His silly remarks to the weather forecasters are irritating beyond belief .

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    Number 6

    Friday, October 7, 2011

  • The sooner they trim the fat off the BBC the better. From my one visit to the BBC Wood Lane studio it was damned obvious that nearly all staff were under-worked and over-paid. There seems to be an 'old comrades' approach to keeping presenters afloat long beyond their retirement age and a distinct hint of nepotism. When put into perspective, a domestic cleaner at the BBC is payed more than a front line infantry soldier in Afghanistan.

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    Hampton

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

  • OK this article relates to Radio, but the principle is the same. Radio Snorfolk !

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    chebram71

    Friday, October 7, 2011

  • the tv licence should have been abolished years ago.it is not value for money and i would like it encrypted so it becomes pay to view.Like the civil service it is full of non jobs and old pals act.

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    bookworm

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

  • It's about time radio Norfolk had a good clear out and there is no shortage of dead wood. There's one women on a Sunday morning who seems to spend her entire time either looking for toilets or screaming.

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    Catton Man

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

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