Allan Beswick moves to weekends on Local BBC Radio

Weeknight phone-in host Allan Beswick, who is heard across BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Manchester Monday to Thursday, is moving to weekends only.

Allan has hosted the show since 2014, and the move means each station will move to provide local programmes in their own areas.

John Gillmore will host 10pm till 1am on BBC Radio Lancashire, whilst Anna Jameson will be on BBC Radio Manchester.

The new show, on Saturday and Sunday, will also air on BBC Radio Merseyside.

The former Red Rose Radio presenter announced the news on his programme Sunday night, saying the move should have happened about 18 months ago but was delayed, then the pandemic delayed it further.

On moving to weekends only, he added: “I’m 72 reaching the end of my career and we have to give other people opportunities to develop theirs.”

BBC Radio Merseyside takes Allan Beswick on a Sunday, and Linda McDermott will continue locally Monday to Thursday.

We’ve contacted the BBC for any further information, and you can hear his announcement from 7’46” onwards here.