BBC Radio 5 live has announced a raft of new commissions and a nationwide hunt for the UK’s best young commentator.

The spring 2016 schedule will include programmes fronted by Gabby Logan, Rob Rinder and BBC arts editor Will Gompertz.

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RAJARs – Digital and mobile drives radio growth

The latest Rajar figures showed 5 live’s audience had increased from 5.53million listeners to 5.93million for the previous three months, arresting a previous decline.

August 2015’s Rajars showed listener numbers had dropped 960,000 from the same point in the previous year.

The new commissions are:

  • A series looking at fertility hosted by Anna Foster, focussing on pregnancy and birth.
  • A “real time” broadcast of a post-mortem.
  • Spin-off to Wake Up to Money, looking into the business of sport, fronted by Adam Parsons.
  •  A series of audio-diaries recorded by junior doctors working in the NHS
  • New series of Raising the Bar, lifting the lid on the legal world, presented by Rob ‘Judge’ Rinder.
  •  A series looking at the state of the arts across the country presented by BBC arts editor Will Gompertz.
  •  New series of All About Property, hosted by Gabby Logan.

Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Radio 5 live, said: “Telling stories and hearing from people across the UK is at the heart of our schedule at BBC Radio 5 live.

“Our ambition is to tell more stories from more people and places than any other station in the country.”

BBC Radio 5 live will also launch a nationwide search for the Young Sports Commentator of the Year.

Young people between 11 and 15 will be able to win the chance to shadow a BBC Radio 5 live commentator, have a go at describing a sporting event themselves and have their commentary feature on BBC Radio 5 live.

Wall was runner-up the last time the BBC ran a similar national competition in the 1980s.

He said: “It proved to be the start of my career, even though I was ultimately pipped at the post for the prize!

“I’m delighted to bring the competition back and encourage all budding sports broadcasters to get involved.”