Hello BBC London 94.9! June 6, 2015 at 5:34 pm


At last! The news is out about my new on-air home. I cannot begin to tell you how chuffed I am with my move to BBC London 94.9. Below is a copy of the official press release that was issued. It should answer any questions.

Some people have asked why I would give up a successful late night show on LBC and do the same slot elsewhere? It’s a fair and obvious question, but the answer is simple – my move allows me to develop a different style of talk radio and discuss all kinds of things as opposed to just news, politics and current affairs. I will always be a fan of LBC as it is very good at what it does but as a broadcaster I felt I needed to move on and do something slightly different which is why I did not accept a contract renewal and made the move to the BBC instead. You will hear a slightly different ‘me’ when I am back on the airwaves.

More details will follow over the coming weeks about exactly what we will be doing but I hope we will be able to give late night listeners across the capital (and elsewhere) a new kind of late night interactive radio.

And whilst I am here I want to say how supportive Simon Lederman and James Max have been. I couldn’t have asked for more.

I hope you will join us at night on BBC London 94.9 – it is going to be great and one hell of a ride.

Talk soon?


Duncan Barkes joins BBC London 94.9 team

BBC London 94.9 is pleased to announce that popular radio broadcaster Duncan Barkes (@DuncanBarkes) will be joining the BBC station for London, presenting the late night show from 10pm to 2am.

Duncan was most recently at LBC for four years and was nominated in the ‘Radio Programme of the Year’ category as part of the 2015 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

On joining the BBC Duncan said: “The BBC is a world-class broadcaster and I am proud to be joining the BBC London 94.9 team. Night-time radio has a special place in my heart and by joining the BBC I will be able to bring a new kind of late night broadcasting to the capital. It won’t be an endless diet of news and politics – it’ll be about real life and continuing to give nocturnal Londoners a voice on the airwaves.”

Duncan takes over from Simon Lederman who moves to the overnight slot (2am-6am). Current overnight presenter, James Max, has reduced his commitment to one night a week due to his increased work commitments elsewhere but will also provide cover on other programmes.

Editor David Robey said “Duncan Barkes has a strong radio following and is a welcome addition to the BBC London 94.9 line-up. Bringing Duncan on board will strengthen our position as the only radio station entirely dedicated to covering and discussing life in London.”

Duncan’s first programme for BBC London 94.9 is on Sunday 5 July.

You can listen to BBC London 94.9 on 94.9FM, Digital Radio (DAB) and BBC iPlayer Radio: on your PC, mobile or tablet.

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