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Charlie Wells3,732 posts since 26 Nov 2003 Moderator
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Slightly off-topic but I couldn't help noticing this...
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Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley Radio 2 Drivetime show to end
The Radio 2 Drivetime show with Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley is to end after just a few months on air.

Mayo is leaving BBC Radio 2 altogether but will continue to present his 5 Live film show with Mark Kermode.

Whiley will remain on the station but move to the 7-9pm slot.

Ref: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45938829

Looks like Mayo has potentially been poached by a rival broadcasters as Mayo's twitter announcement mentions "other radio adventures beckon!". As others have commented as the BBC looks to cut costs it's easy pickings for commercial rivals who have higher budgets, and can offer higher salaries to tempt talent away from the BBC.
"Listen, we've all got something to bring to this conversation, but from now on what I think you should bring is silence." - Rimmer
Amber Avenger46 posts since 15 Jun 2017
Granada North West Today
He is writing books so maybe not a full time gig at another radio station.


The rumour mill suggested not so long back that he could be on his way to Smooth. I'd be surprised if he didn't end up somewhere else, but I suspect commercial radio will be a bit more flexible with the time he wants to write books.

I'd suggest this one has been more prompted by the Beeb's decision to change drivetime into a hybrid show that never once looked like working - the decision not to keep Jo Whiley on the show when Simon leaves speaks volumes. That said, it probably is easier for a commercial station to persuade an obviously unhappy BBC jock to leave if you know their salary to start with.
Spencer For Hire5,616 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
There were also rumours around the time Evans' departure was announced that another Radio 2 presenter was also in talks with Wireless Group.

I could see a talkRADIO show being a possibility for Mayo given his track-record on 5 Live. He strikes me as having too much to say for Smooth's somewhat restrictive format.
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Inspector Sands12,725 posts since 25 Aug 2004
He is writing books so maybe not a full time gig at another radio station.

Books and films of the books:

Juggling my writing and radio has become increasingly tricky (a nice problem to have). I’ve just signed a new 2 book deal with the nice folk at Transworld and they’ll be expecting something half decent before too long. On top of that my Itch books are about to be filmed for television in Australia and the work turning Mad Blood Stirring into a movie continues apace.