23 April, 2008 – BBC Radio 5 move to Salford will ‘make a difference’
The controller of BBC Radio 5 Live has told one of the station’s presenters on-air that its relocation to Media City in Salford would change its ‘feel.’
Speaking to Victoria Derbyshire, Adrian van Klaveren (who took on the role in February), explained why he was excited about the move and its impact on the personality of the station as listeners now know it.
He said: “(the relocation) will change (it) in that the contributors will be different.”
“It will give it a new perception. But that’s a good thing because it means we are offering even more of an alternative.”
Van Klaveren added that 5 Live would take on “more of a UK feel”, but noted that it was early days in the process and therefore difficult to say what the exact changes would be.
He also noted that, due to this, it was unclear which of the station’s high-profile presenters – such as Simon Mayo – would make the move North.
Upon taking the job van Klaveren previously said that he was “really excited about leading the station to its new home in Salford.”
Prior to taking on the R5 role he was deputy director of news at the BBC.
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