A piece in yesterday’s Telegraph:
The Radio 3 presenter Ian Skelly has been moved from the mid-morning show against his wishes, as the BBC “refreshes” the schedule by replacing him with Georgia Mann.
Skelly made the announcement on air, taking his bosses by surprise.
He has been a mainstay of the station for more than 20 years and began presenting the Essential Classics 9am-noon programme in 2018.
His replacement is a familiar voice on Radio 3 and many years Skelly’s junior.
Mann and Suzy Klein will present alternate weeks, giving the mid-morning programme its first all-female line-up. [J4MB emphasis]
Opening his show, Skelly said: “That launches a brand new week of Essential Classics and my next fortnight on the programme – a sad moment for me, I’m afraid.
“There doesn’t seem to be a plan to announce this formally so I thought I owe it to you to tell it myself, that Radio 3 has decided a change is needed in the mornings on Essential Classics so it would like me to leave the programme and move on to other duties, details to be announced.
“So, a bit of a blow for me because I’ve certainly enjoyed building our conversation together over the last few years.”
The BBC responded several hours later with the news that Skelly is to join the team that presents the Afternoon Concert series.
Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3, said: “We wanted to make the most of two much-loved voices on Radio 3 and refresh the daytime schedule.
“Georgia is a hugely experienced Radio 3 presenter and producer who will bring a range of cultural knowledge to the morning schedules, while Ian will bring his proven skills to the important afternoon sequence.”
The BBC said that the change was nothing to do with age. [J4MB emphasis: … and everything to do with sex.]
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