Mike Harding to go
- From: Chris J Dixon <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:12:09 +0100
BBC Radio 2 presenter Mike Harding, who has been axed as presenter of the station's folk music show after 15 years, has hit out at its controller Bob Shennan, saying the only time he rang him was to sack him.Mixed views about the programme, not sure which way it will be
Harding will be replaced in the new year by another Radio 2 presenter, Mark Radcliffe, his first primetime show on Radio 2 since he switched to 6 Music last year.
"In 15 years I have built the programme from 70,000 listeners to 860,000 listeners. In all that time I have never had a single phone call from Radio 2 to say I was doing a good job even though I instituted things like the Folk Awards with my producer John [Leonard]. I built that show up over the years with a lot of hard work because it is music that is in my blood," Harding said.
"Last Tuesday I got the only phone call I have ever had from Radio 2 ? from Bob Shennan ? telling me he was pulling me from the programme. No reason was given beyond that they wanted to make it more 'live'. No other presenter was mentioned."
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
Have dancing shoes, will ceilidh.
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