Four Radio Shropshire shows are to be axed next year and specialist music programmes will be shifted from primetime weekday slots under BBC cutbacks.
Ian Perry’s early morning breakfast show, Jim Hawkins’ Saturday night programme and Keith Middleton’s Sunday show will all be going.
Tuesday night sport is also being dropped on weeks when there are no football matches involving Shrewsbury Town or AFC Telford United.
Programmes such as Colin Young’s Trunk of Funk and Jazz with John Hellings are to move timeslots to make way for a new nationwide show for BBC local radio stations presented by former Classic FM DJ Mark Forrest from Leeds, starting from January 7.
Four jobs have also been cut at BBC Radio Shropshire, but all have come through voluntary redundancies. Three redundancies already made and one more will follow later this year.
But Radio Shropshire managing editor Tim Beech said campaigning by listeners during the BBC’s consultation on the cutbacks had helped to minimise the need for changes and saved jobs.
Mr Forrest’s new show will run on weekdays from between 7pm and 10pm.
The changes are part of the BBC’s response to budget cuts due to a freeze in the licence fee until 2017.
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