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Old 02-12-2014, 15:04
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Simon Bates joins BBC Radio Devon Breakfast from January. Must live near there?

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Old 02-12-2014, 15:08
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Simon Bates joins BBC Radio Devon Breakfast from January. Must live near there?

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The Radio Today articles says he is a Devon resident:

http://radiotoday.co.uk/2014/12/simo...for-breakfast/
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Old 02-12-2014, 15:16
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Another dinosaur. I thought BBC local radio was broke?
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Old 02-12-2014, 15:19
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It says he's doing 7 - 10 so I assume a knock on effect for the rest of the schedule as Judi Spiers usually starts at 9.
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Old 02-12-2014, 15:33
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Is the BBC Devon Breakfast show the same as most of the other local breakfast shows ?
ie.......news & talk only - no music
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Old 02-12-2014, 16:10
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Is the BBC Devon Breakfast show the same as most of the other local breakfast shows ?
ie.......news & talk only - no music
Most BBC local radio breakfast shows I've heard are all speech from 7-9am at least. If the show starts earlier or runs later some have music pre-7am and post-9am although it varies from station to station.
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Old 02-12-2014, 18:13
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It's logic to present a show locally if the opportunity in there. We can listen online or again outside the area.
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Old 02-12-2014, 19:54
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How are new presenters supposed to get a foothold these days? Career path used to be hospital radio> BBC local> ILR> BBC Radio 1.
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Old 02-12-2014, 20:17
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I thought Tony Hall's policy was to encourage local radio stations to have female presenters for their breakfast shows.....I don't suppose he's ever heard of Radio Devon


http://www.bbc.co.uk/ariel/30293920
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Old 02-12-2014, 20:42
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How are new presenters supposed to get a foothold these days? Career path used to be hospital radio> BBC local> ILR> BBC Radio 1.
It's the other way round now
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Old 02-12-2014, 21:46
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So there will be music in the final hour as he's bringing the Golden Hour to BBC Devon.
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Old 02-12-2014, 22:45
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Surprised by this as he's a huge Radio name, I was a fan of his on Radio 1 and was disappointed for him to be sacked in 93.

I'd never dream of trying Radio Devon breakfast unless there was some snow but now I may give it a go. Unlike other areas Devon has limited options on FM so this will add some genuine choice for listeners.

In terms of cost cutting having 3 presenters between 1 and 7 is unnecessary so one of those needs the chop.
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Old 02-12-2014, 22:57
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Surprised by this as he's a huge Radio name, I was a fan of his on Radio 1 and was disappointed for him to be sacked in 93.

I'd never dream of trying Radio Devon breakfast unless there was some snow but now I may give it a go. Unlike other areas Devon has limited options on FM so this will add some genuine choice for listeners.

In terms of cost cutting having 3 presenters between 1 and 7 is unnecessary so one of those needs the chop.
He wasn't sacked technically, he walked before Bannister could tell him his contract wasn't being renewed. I pity the poor manager having to deal with his legendary ego.
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Old 02-12-2014, 23:00
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Such a big story it even featured on our local news after News at 10.

Be interesting to see how this affects the audience, will give Radio 2 listeners who don't like Evans somewhere to go.
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Old 02-12-2014, 23:02
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He wasn't sacked technically, he walked before Bannister could tell him his contract wasn't being renewed. I pity the poor manager having to deal with his legendary ego.
Indeed inspired this

I won't be listening, but then I only listen to Radio Devon when Exeter are playing away. So no change here.
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Old 02-12-2014, 23:05
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Such a big story it even featured on our local news after News at 10.

Be interesting to see how this affects the audience, will give Radio 2 listeners who don't like Evans somewhere to go.
Wow it must be a slow news day but good for his ego.

These days usually the only time an old school radio 1 jock makes the news is when they're being investigated by the police
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Old 02-12-2014, 23:38
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"Who invented the skip?"
"Simon Bates, I don't bloody know ..."
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Old 02-12-2014, 23:51
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So there will be music in the final hour as he's bringing the Golden Hour to BBC Devon.
were does it say he s bringing back the golden hour?
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Old 02-12-2014, 23:53
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"Who invented the skip?"
"Simon Bates, I don't bloody know ..."


Think you mean Bobby Moore
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Old 03-12-2014, 00:13
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were does it say he s bringing back the golden hour?
Here.
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Old 03-12-2014, 00:34
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BBC Devon editor Mark Grinnel has been a massive fan of Simons for ages, he still sounds great, ( Simon not Mark) but there are many local qualified journalists who can do the Job, I expect loads of the staff to start drooling around him soon. He has not got an ego tho , very affable and down to earth. You needed an ego at Radio 1, loads of people to shoot you down.
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:28
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The advantage now with new technology is your able to listen on line, mobile and again. So like me who admires Simons work, probably will check him out as l live out the area.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:53
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Lucky Devon I wish he was on BBC London, or dare I say it even on Smooth. Surely a slot can made or him on Radio 2. I think he would be a fine replacement for SW Sunday Love Songs
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:07
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I thought Tony Hall's policy was to encourage local radio stations to have female presenters for their breakfast shows.....I don't suppose he's ever heard of Radio Devon


http://www.bbc.co.uk/ariel/30293920
I don't think there was ever a suggestion that every single station should have a female host.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:09
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I haven't heard him for ages. Does he still go to New York every weekend, and go on about how wonderful that place is compared to the UK. You can get an ice cream in New York at 3am delivered to your door, he might be struggling with that one in Devon, though most people would buy ice creams in advance and keep them in their fridge.

And bookshops. Do they allow you to read books in shops in Devon, well they do in New York as he kept on reminding us, and if he actually bought one he would read it on his way back to Heathrow, just in time to interview the author on his radio show
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