The BBC has announced plans to produce two programmes from Derry’s Radio Foyle.
Pure Culture - originally launched to coincide with Derry’s year as City of Culture - will return in a weekly half hour format on Friday evenings. Presented by Mickey Bradley, the show will air at 6:30pm and will broadcast both on Foyle and Radio Ulster.
Meanwhile the long-running BBC Radio/Ulster Saturday morning programme Your Place And Mine, which brings listeners unique stories from around Northern Ireland, will move to Derry from Belfast to be produced and broadcast live from BBC Radio Foyle.
Ann Marie McAleese will continue to present the programme which goes out on BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle at 8am every Saturday.
Head of Radio, Fergus Keeling says: “BBC Radio Foyle made a tremendous contribution to the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture last year with music and performance at the core of Pure Culture – the programme which ran on BBC Radio Foyle for the duration of this special year covering events like Music City Day, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, The Music Promise and many, many more.
“I am delighted that we have been able to retain the production effort involved and Pure Culture will move to a weekly format now on Friday nights in the BBC Radio Ulster schedule.
“Your Place and Mine is one of the stalwarts of BBC Radio Ulster’s weekend schedule. It was commissioned 23 years ago to bring “something different” to Saturday mornings “to travel all over to hear the many different voices and stories from the people of this place”.
“The programme goes from strength to strength with its core group of reporters in different locations throughout Northern Ireland. I love the passion they have for their home towns and the way they report on the weird, the wonderful and of course the heart-warming stories told by our listeners.”
Tonight at 6:05pm BBC Radio/Ulster Foyle will host the live discussion programme Derry~Londonderry 2014 – Where Now? from the Playhouse in Derry. Presented by Sarah Brett and Mark Patterson, this special hour-long debate will look at the social, economic and cultural legacy of the City of Culture.