|Paul Stainton - moving on up...|
One of the worst kept secrets in local radio, but it was MP Stewart Jackson that finally blew it on Twitter. Paul Stainton is to 'lose' his prize Bigger Breakfast Show slot at the end of this week, as he goes on holiday, and on his return moves to the post 9am segment on BBC Cambridgeshire.
But consider that Paul has been on the Breakfast beat for some seven years. Seven years of punishing 4 am starts, and in his case, a relentless weekday long distance cross country commute from somewhere in rural Lincolnshire to first Peterborough, and then Cambridge. So the fact that he is moving to a later slot - but still faced with the long distance commute - is a tribute to his energy and zeal - he leaves the programme, with it's highest ever listenership, in the world of broadcasting, no mean achievement.
The mid morning programme soon to be vacated by veteran broadcaster Andi Harper, who is being retired (or has retired) and moving to Yorkshire.
Looking on the brighter side, from the listeners point of view, the move might finally give Peterborough a higher on air profile by the Cambridge centered station, and enable Mr Stainton who has a deep knowledge and understanding of the Peterborough political environment (and pens a weekly column in the local newspaper) to conduct longer in depth, probing interviews, with local councillors, assorted jobsworths and all our local MP's. He could even re-open the Peterborough BBC studios, as it's easier for guests to reach (being on the east coast main line) and Peterborough, now has a huge range of cafes, bars and pizza houses nearby!
The smart money for the incoming Breakfast host is on Dotty McCloud, although a celeb presenter has not been ruled out, if terms can be agreed. Sadly for the listener the wholesale change around will see some familiar voices and regular fun features fading away, and the 'wacky silliness' dropped under the new buttoned down format.
Simply if you want to preserve a classic example of a fun Breakfast Show, catch it on the BBCPlayer As they say in discount supermarkets "When its Gone. Its Gone!"
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