BBC Radio 5 Live has revamped its daytime schedule and announced that Richard Bacon, Victoria Derbyshire and Shelagh Fogarty are all leaving the station voluntarily.
Their departure comes as controller Jonathan Wall unveils the new schedule, starting on 6 October, featuring two new three-hour shows.
The first is 5 live Daily which will be presented by Adrian Chiles and Peter Allen between 10am and 1pm every weekday, taking over Derbyshire’s mid-morning slot and offering what the station calls “hard-hitting, distinctive journalism”. Chiles, who currently co-hosts 5 Live’s Friday edition of drivetime – and is fronting ITV’s World Cup coverage – will host the programme on Monday and Tuesdays with Allen taking it on for the rest of the week.
The shake-up also sees a promotion for weekend breakfast presenter Tony Livesey who moves from 5 live Weekend Breakfast to join current presenter Anna Foster on 5 live Drive every Monday to Friday from 4pm to 7pm.
Also promoted is Dan Walker, the presenter of BBC1’s Football Focus, who will be joined by BBC Northern Ireland’s Sarah Brett, to host another new programme – Afternoon Edition from 1pm to 4pm.
Bacon, who has a new role fronting BBC1 amateur art show The Big Picture with Una Stubbs said: “5 Live has been a spectacular place to work, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about it.”
The presenter, who has worked for 5 Live since 2003, added: “It’s been a hugely important part of my career and life, and I’ll always be grateful, and a listener, to 5 Live. After seven years, it’s time to have different adventures, many of which will still be at the BBC.”
Derbyshire, who presents the morning show between 10am and midday, said she was leaving because she had a “brilliant opportunity too good to turn down.”
The presenter has been linked in the past with a switch to ITV and has also fronted editions of BBC2’s Newsnight, although the station was unable to elaborate on what her new “opportunity” was at the time of publication.
She said it was a “huge wrench to leave 5 Live where listeners and I have shared so many experiences, and I would like to thank them enormously for trusting me”.
Fogarty, who like Derbyshire used to host the station’s breakfast show, added: “At 5 Live I’ve had some of the happiest times and richest experiences of my working life, covering the fundamentals of life in Britain and presenting programmes from amazing places around the world.
“I’m very sad to be leaving but it’s definitely time to do so. I’m spending the summer exploring a number of opportunities, before deciding what’s next.”
The changes come three years after the station’s move out of London to Salford, with a number of presenters like Derbyshire commuting to work from London.
It has been reported that 5 Live management now wants all its presenters to live in the North West.