BBC Radio FiveLive confirms Midday News axe

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BBC Radio FiveLive has confirmed it is axing its flagship hour-long midday news bulletin as part of a schedule change that will come into effect on 12 January.

Nicky Campbell’s breakfast show will be extended by an hour to 10am to feature an hour-long phone-in on “the big news story of the day”.

Victoria Derbyshire’s programme will now run from 10am to 1pm and will focus on “original journalism” and “powerful interviews”.

And the midday news, presented by Aasmah Mir, has been axed – but FiveLive said Mir would “continue to be an important part” of the presenting team and would host other programmes “in the coming months”.

The schedule shake-up, news of which first emerged in September, is the first major change under new FiveLive contoller Adrian van Klaveren.

He replaced Bob Shennan, who defected to the now defunct Channel 4 Radio venture but is widely tipped in the industry as likely to make a BBC comeback.

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