BBC Radio Cambridgeshire move swiftly to announce new autumn schedule following departure of Paul Stainton

Changes at BBC Radio Cambs include: Chris Mann (top left) Sue Marchant (top right) Thordis Fridrikss

Changes at BBC Radio Cambs include: Chris Mann (top left) Sue Marchant (top right) Thordis Fridriksson (bottom left) and Ben Stevenson - Credit: Archant

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire moved swiftly to announce their new autumn line-up just hours after it was announced that mid morning host Paul Stainton was leaving.

The new line-up takes place from Monday October 2.

David Harvey, editor of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire said: “We’re really excited about the new schedule, bringing back some old favourites as well as totally new presenters.

Familiar voices return; established voices show off their talents at new times, and a new voice from Peterborough and Iceland launches her debut weekday news show

Ben Stevenson, a familiar and friendly voice to listeners of The Big Conversation, takes to the airwaves in his own right with a new Early Breakfast Show from 6-7am – Monday to Friday.

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Chris Mann in the Morning, from 9am to midday, Monday to Friday, will be championing Cambridgeshire with investigations and in-depth features.

Runaround Sue with Sue Marchant will broadcast from 3-4pm Monday to Thursday and there’s a new voice when Thordis Fridriksson takes over at Drivetime (4-6pm Monday-Friday). She is originally from Iceland, and makes her local debut from Peterborough, presenting her first daily news and entertainment show for the BBC.

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There will also be a new interactive sports show on a Monday night from 6pm, focussing on Peterborough and Cambridge United, as well as a celebration of Cambridgeshire’s local music scene on Thursdays at 6pm.

Dotty McLeod’s Breakfast Show will be broadcast at the revised time of 7-9am and Lunchtime Live with Jeremy Sallis continues at midday until 3pm.

Mr Harvey said: “Ben will help listeners avoid the worst of the delays, while travelling to work with a smile on your face. The much loved Sue returns to present her first daily show on Radio Cambridgeshire in four years, and we’re really excited about Thordis; she will be showcasing a presenting style that combines enthusiasm, energy, wit, intelligence and a detailed Cambridgeshire knowledge.

“BBC Radio Cambridge’s October line up offers variety, entertainment, information and Cambridgeshire people, places and stories throughout and we can’t wait to hear what the listeners think.”

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