Campaign is launched to save Rob Chandler’s Radio Norwich show

Rob Chandler, centre, when he joined Radio Norwich 99.9 in 2014. Photo: Submitted

Rob Chandler, centre, when he joined Radio Norwich 99.9 in 2014. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

A campaign has been launched to save presenter Rob Chandler's Radio Norwich 99.9 breakfast show.

There has been an outpouring of support for the popular presenter after it emerged his job at Radio Norwich 99.9 could be at risk as part of a restructuring exercise.

Mr Chandler is said to be one of 15 members of staff going through consultations with operators Anglian Radio.

A 'Save the Rob Chandler Show on Radio Norwich' Facebook page has been set up to rally support for Mr Chandler, and more than 130 messages have already been posted on the page.

Among them, Erin Louise Dade said: 'I'll follow Rob Chandler. I think he is the best radio presenter ever. This is the biggest mistake ever.'

Sharon Rose Cawdron said: 'Absolutely unbelievable BRING ROB BACK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!'

Malcolm Grimes said: 'Rob's morning show is the best by a country mile. He has a fantastic humour and makes the show. Why would anyone stop such a great show?'

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Mr Chandler's wife Jo has also posted a message on Facebook to thank people for their support.

She said: 'Obviously it's come as a huge shock at a time when his listening figures were at an all-time high and the show was officially number one in the area. Thanks for all your kind words and support. It means a lot.'

Mr Chandler joined Radio Norwich in January 2014, after previously presenting the breakfast show on Heart radio, formerly Radio Broadland, for 14 years with co-presenter Chrissie Jackson.

As previously reported, Jonathan Hemmings, director of broadcasting at Anglian Radio, refused to say whether Mr Chandler was being made redundant when asked.

'It may well be that one or two roles change,' he said.

'He is in consultation and hasn't been made redundant, but I can't go beyond that.'

The consultations are taking place with staff across all of the company's stations, including North Norfolk Radio and The Beach. Mr Hemmings said the company was looking to put its resources into other areas of the business, including social media, websites and apps.