Big changes are afoot - some of them with immediate effect - on The Nightshift.
Tomorrow morning’s Christmas Eve special is another chance to hear some of the repartee between Lawrence and me during our many On Your Doorstep conversations. After that programme, however, the Nightshift format will alter radically.
This is at least partly because I have decided to accept an offer of voluntary redundancy made to me by the BBC. The redundancy - precipitated by budgetary cuts which all BBC local radio stations are having to make - will take effect from the end of January 2009 but the changes to The Nightshift are to be introduced now.
From Christmas Day onwards, there will be no more Nightshifts of the sort that have become familiar since August 2007. Instead, BBC Radio Newcastle will broadcast back-to-back music all night, every night, from 0100.
The ‘live’ half-hour of the Monday to Friday programmes will remain, however, and I will continue to present it as normal until the end of January.
I know that this news may be unwelcome to many of you, and that this is in many ways an inappropriate time of year to impart it. Naturally, I will have more to say on the subject as the next few days and weeks pass. In the meantime, please ‘count to ten’ (as it were) before putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and try to temper any first reaction you may have with a little discretion, understanding, tact and restraint.
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Ian Robinson, The Nightshift, BBC Radio Newcastle, Spital Tongues, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE99 1RN
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