Georgey Spanswick is to replace Mark Forrest as the evening host on the beebs cost-cutting exercise; the networked evening show across the regional services.
“I’m proud of the show we have produced for the last four years and I’m pleased to be moving on when the audience figures indicate the show is in great shape.” – Mark Forrest
The network show launched in 2013 after the BBC decided to axe all the regional weekday programming for one sole, greatly cheaper, production. The changes also saw some regions lose their 1am-6am automated music programming to be replaced with the already readily available BBC Radio 5 Live.
Georgey, currently presents the programme on Fridays, will front it five days a week from February. Mark Forrest, who currently presents the show on Mondays to Thursdays, is leaving the Leeds based production after deciding to move back to London.
Georgey joined the evening show in April 2015. She’s been giving listeners the best of local radio in a fun and laughter-filled start to their weekend ever since. She’ll be building on that approach throughout the rest of the week the beeb note. Georgey currently presents the breakfast show on BBC Radio York, which last week (October 19) was named Best Local Breakfast Show at the ARIA awards. She will leave Radio York in the New Year and a new presenter will be announced in due course.
The budget saving evening show is broadcast on all 39 BBC Local Radio stations in England every week night between seven pm and ten pm. It launched in 2013. Mark will present his last evening show on Thursday February 2nd.
“I’ve loved presenting the Friday evening show for the last year and a bit. So to be able to present the show five nights a week is fantastic. My body clock is going to be all over the place because I’m currently up at the crack of dawn. I will actually miss the early starts, the ease of getting into work and that pre-dawn chorus quiet. And, of course, I will miss everyone at Radio York and the listeners. But this is a great opportunity to broadcast to the whole of England. I hope to have a good natter with lots of different people and a good laugh with everyone.” – Georgey, who’s also worked for TV-AM, Channel 4 and Yorkshire TV