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BBC Radio Merseyside announces lineup changes and new breakfast show

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BBC Radio Merseyside announces lineup changes and new breakfast show

BBC Radio Merseyside has announced its line-up changes following the news that some shows would be cancelled following a restructure of local radio across the country.

Earlier this month Breakfast Show presenter Paul Salt sadly announced that he would be leaving the morning slot and moving to a new evening sports show.

From Monday 4 September, listeners will wake up to a new Breakfast Show hosted by Phil Munns Mondays to Thursdays and Lisa Marrey on Fridays. Bosses say the show will bring the best in local news, chat and entertainment from across the city-region.

Phil (pictured above) joined Radio Merseyside as a journalist in 2018. He said: I grew up listening to Radio Merseyside – especially the footy coverage before and after the games I went to at Goodison. I never thought that one day I’d be presenting and producing for the station! It really is a dream for me to be waking Merseyside up throughout the week.”

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Paul Salt will sadly leave the breakfast show and host a new sports show of an evening.

Paul Salt will present Total Sport Merseyside (TSM) four nights a week and Giulia Bould will front the show every Wednesday. The show is billed as “action-packed” with sports chat, coverage and the best local commentaries.

Paul said: “TSM is a great new show that will cover all sports – and will be much more than just the football. It will reflect everything that’s happening on Merseyside. Our patch is home to world champion boxers, athletics champions, darts champions, Rugby League and the world’s most famous steeplechase – to name but a few – all of which will be talked about and celebrated.”

Giulia added“It is my dream come true to be Radio Merseyside’s first full-time female dedicated sports journalist – presenting and producing the programme. To cover this patch is hugely exciting – in my opinion it’s the capital of sport, with so many positive stories to reflect and so many brilliant local stars to champion.”

Giulia Bold will host the evening sports show of a Wednesday. Picture – BBC Radio Merseyside

Mid-mornings (10am-2pm) are presented by BBC Radio Merseyside regular, Tony ‘Snelly’ Snell. He will be on air every day from Monday to Friday. He will be joined on air by long-time mid-morning producer, Harriet Gulliver

Tony said: “I’ve been privileged enough to broadcast across Merseyside for so many years and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. To be able to continue on the mid-morning show, now five days a week, into an exciting future makes me feel very honoured and proud. The audience has, and always will, remain my priority.”

Drivetime (2pm-6pm) is hosted by Helen Jones taking listeners home every day live from the Radio Merseyside studios in Liverpool One. Helen will now bring her show to Merseyside five days a week (Monday to Friday).

Helen said: “I’m thrilled to be able to spend each weekday afternoon with our lovely listeners. I was a BBC Radio Merseyside listener long before I joined the station 22 years ago. Being part of the local community – a friend on the airwaves, if you like – is what makes my job the best job in the world.”

Sean Styles is moving to a new slot at the weekend. He said: “I’ve been at Radio Merseyside for a lot of years, doing the job I love. Merseyside lives for the weekends and I’m thrilled to be a part of Radio Merseyside’s exciting future, spending every Saturday and Sunday from 1000 until 1400, having a great time,  with the best listeners in the world.”

Joining Phil and Lisa on the breakfast show is their Merseyside-based team Jen Summers, Jess Robbins and David North. Jen, an established breakfast favourite already, has worked on almost every show across the schedule since joining BBC Radio Merseyside in 2005. Jess, who joined the station in 2008, has previously produced the breakfast show and worked as a journalist for the station too. Loyal listeners will recognise Dave from Saturday mornings where he is currently a firm favourite on the weekend breakfast show.

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New Breakfast Show team fronted by Phil Munns with Jessica Robins, Jenny Lee Summers and David North. Photo – Phil Munns Twitter

Radio Merseyside Executive Editor, Ben Anderson, said:

“I’m so excited about the new schedule – our priority, without doubt, is to produce the highest quality local radio from the heart of Merseyside, for the people of Merseyside. 

“I’ve lived in the region for nearly a decade and I want our listeners to know that everyone at the station is working incredibly hard to ensure that Merseyside audiences get the BBC Local radio station they deserve.”

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