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Sparksy and Fitz on Radio Devon

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: January 05, 2010

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VETERAN broadcasters Gordon Sparks and David Fitzgerald will continue to fill the Plymouth airwaves after a shakeup by BBC Radio Devon.

The station has announced its new daytime and weekly programmes line-up after controversially axing the shows of four long-standing presenters.

Gordon Sparks will continue to present Good Morning Plymouth especially for listeners in the city on 95.7FM.

Judi Spiers' mid-morning show will be followed by David Fitzgerald between noon and 3pm.

A new late afternoon show with David Sheppard and Jo Loosemore fills the airwaves between 3pm-7pm with conversation, music, news and travel.

Popular programmes hosted by Douglas Mounce, Ian Brass, Richard Green and Alec Benford are being cut.

The BBC said the shake-up followed a review of listening figures which "led to the conclusion that some changes to the afternoons and weekly programmes are necessary".

This week the BBC said Michael Chequer would join Matt Woodley as co-presenter of the station's news breakfast show, Good Morning Devon.

Two new programmes, Devon at One and Nightly News will be presented by Alison Johns, the former Westcountry Live anchorwoman.

Richard Green, who loses his daytime slot and will now present a weekend "extended retro music show".

For the first time, the station will broadcast a dedicated folk show, with Jim Causley.

A BBC spokesman said Ian Brass had been booked for "eight shows in the next few months" and it was still in discussions with Douglas Mounce and Alec Benford, "about longer-term programmes".

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