Starting from Tuesday August 30th, the BBC Newcastle mid-morning presenter Anna Foster will be joining Alfie Joey to present the breakfast show with Jonathan Morrell replacing Anna on the mid-morning show.
Anna Foster, who lives in County Durham, joined BBC Newcastle in April 2015 and has presented the mid-morning show for the last 17 months where she has proven herself to be a popular addition to the BBC Newcastle presenting team, entertaining listeners with cracking conversation and great music throughout the morning. Prior to that Anna has presented the breakfast shows on GNR, TFM and Magic FM and she is looking forward to a return to the breakfast show.
Anna Foster says: “I am really excited to be moving to present the breakfast show with Alfie Joey, I’ve developed a great relationship with the BBC Newcastle listeners in the last 16 months, heard some amazing stories and met some wonderful people and I look forward to reflecting north east life while working with one of the most talented and warm people I know”
Jonathan Morrell is taking over from Anna on the mid-morning programme; Jonathan started at BBC Newcastle more than 25 years ago and has a broadcasting career encompassing Real Radio, Century radio and Tyne Tees TV as well as ITN, Sky and networks in Australia. Most recently he was presenting mid-morning at BBC Radio Wiltshire.
Jonathan said: ‘It’s great to be back at BBC Newcastle at a time when the station is the biggest BBC local station outside London, and getting the chance to broadcast to the audience with the best range of stories I’ve found anywhere in the world – I look forward to hearing from them’
These schedule changes have been brought about due to the current breakfast co-presenter Charlie Charlton’s pregnancy. Charlie will present her last breakfast show on Thursday 25th August and will work in the newsroom until heading on maternity leave
Doug Morris, Managing Editor of BBC Newcastle said: “I am thrilled that Anna will be moving to the breakfast show, she has proven to be a well-loved presenter and there’s a great chemistry between herself and Alfie. And I think Jonathan will be fantastic replacing Anna on the mid-morning show. He is an accomplished presenter who is able to make a special connection with the BBC Newcastle audience and brings a real depth of experience and knowledge of the north east.”
Anna Foster and Alfie Joey will present the breakfast show every weekday from 7am to 10am; Jonathan Morrell will present the Mid-Morning Show Mon-Thurs from 10am to 12pm on BBC Newcastle on 95.4FM, DAB, Freeview, 1458AM and online: bbc.co.uk/bbcnewcastle