Radio Devon

Popular BBC Radio Devon presenter to quit

Managers at BBC Radio Devon have been dealt a bitter blow after one of their most popular broadcasters told them he was quitting the station.

Although no formal announcement has been made, the Daily understands Bill Buckley is on his way out.

A station insider has told us that he has been signed up by BBC Radio Berkshire.

He will join other big-name broadcasters Paul...

BBC Radio Devon's audience plummets

BBC Radio Devon’s audience has plummeted to its lowest level for more than two decades.

Figures obtained by the Express & Echo show the station had an average of 180,000 listeners a week from July to September, down 34,000 from the previous three months.

The number of listeners went up by 24,000 between September 2014 and April 2015, but dropped 7,000 in the following three...

Judi social media revolution grows

A social media revolution is growing over the decision by BBC Radio Devon boss Mark Grinnell to axe the Judi Spiers show.

Hundreds of people have taken to Twitter and Facebook to express their anger and dismay.

A Facebook post announcing Judi’s last show this morning had received more than 100 comments in just over an hour meanwhile, a statement made online by Mr Grinnell...

BBC boss breaks silence of Judi

BBC Radio Devon managing editor Mark Grinnell has finally broken his silence about the decision to sack popular presenter Judi Spiers.

After four days of saying nothing he has published a formal statement via the station’s Facebook page.

It said the following:

“Thank you to all who have posted messages about the Judi Spiers Show on BBC Radio Devon.

“As Managing...

Fitz to take over Judi's show

David Fitzgerald is to take over the presenting slot currently occupied by Judi Spiers.

Fitz and his Producer Monica Ellis will be moving to the Mid-Morning Show on BBC Radio Devon from Monday 6 July.

The BBC also announced this afternoon that Pippa Quelch will be the new voice of Drive Time.

Pippa, who was born and grew up in Devon, will present a mixture of news,...

Is Fitz set for Judi's job?

BBC Radio Devon afternoon presenter David Fitzgerald is poised to take over from soon-to-be-axed Judi Spiers, the Daily understands.

According to sources, some staff were told of the planned appointment this afternoon.

It had been thought that another of the station’s casualties, Matt Woodley, would be taking the slot.

David, like Judi, is not a BBC employee and...

Twitter account demands Judi back

A twitter account has been set up calling on BBC bosses to save popular presenter Judi Spiers’ show from the axe.

The Radio Devon stalwart told her audience this morning that this week would be her last.

She said: "This is my last week. But boy we've had some good times. We've had some dodgy times as well but on the whole we've had some good ones. We've had some dark times in...

Judi Spiers show controversially axed

Popular BBC Radio Devon presenter Judi Spiers has been contoversially dropped by station bosses.

The broadcasting stalwart announced the news to shocked listeners on her regular morning slot today.

She told her audience that after 15 years in the job, this week would be her last.

A friend of Judi’s told the Daily the broadcaster was ‘saddened but wanted to continue...

Has Radio Devon lost the plot?

What on earth is going on at BBC Radio Devon?

In January, breakfast show presenter Matt Woodley’s services were dispensed with and now it emerges station stalwart Judi Spiers has been given the boot.

The moves obviously make sense to station bosses but, to the outsider, it appears to be sheer madness.

Judi’s show was incredibly popular with listeners – testament to that...

Local star of radio and pantomime Douglas Mounce dies

The BBC have reported the death from cancer of the Radio Devon presenter Douglas ("Dougie") Mounce. He was 65.

A familiar voice across Devon's airwaves for nearly 30 years, Douglas Mounce also spent many seasons in pantomime, regularly playing the role of the dame and often spoke of his love for the stage.

He began broadcasting the popular Treasure Hunt programme for BBC Radio...