BBC Radio Shropshire’s Eric Smith to move from breakfast after 25 years

After 25 years of presenting the BBC Radio Shropshire Breakfast Show, Eric Smith is moving to present the Drivetime show from June.

Eric has been presenting the breakfast show for most of the station’s 35 year history, first solo then for the past decade co-hosting with Clare Ashford.

From June Eric will move to Drivetime 3pm – 6pm, swapping places with afternoon host Adam Green, who will move to co-host the Breakfast Show with Clare 6am – 9am.

Eric says: “I’ve done a long stint of getting out of bed at 4.30 in the morning. Now it’s someone else’s turn – and I can enjoy a lie in and pick up the baton later in the day to have fun and keep Shropshire up to date at tea time. I wish Adam and Clare well.”

Stuart Thomas, BBC Head of the Midlands says: “Eric’s contribution to the station and to our county is truly amazing. Very few people present a Breakfast show for so long. Eric has done so with skill, dedication and sheer professionalism for more than 25 years. The station’s always been one of the country’s most successful BBC Local Radio stations, and a great deal of that is due to Eric’s brilliance. He’s informed and entertained listeners throughout, with a love of Shropshire shining through all he does.

“We’re delighted to confirm that listeners won’t be losing Eric, because he’ll remain part of their lives and the fabric of the station, presenting every weekday afternoon and the Breakfast Show on Saturdays too.”