BBC Radio Bradford launches next week

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by Stephen Chapman

The BBC has confirmed that BBC Radio Bradford will start broadcasting on the 7th December.

The temporary station was announced last month, along with BBC Radio Sunderland.

It will go live on weekdays between 6am and 2pm, with the morning show hosted by Rima Ahmed and Sanchez Payne taking over from 10am.

Ahmed won the BBC New Voices search last year and presents Make a Difference community bulletins and the Girl Power Hour.

“It’s thrilling to be given the chance to present the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Bradford. This has been a long time coming for the city and it’s the listeners who will really own the show,” she said.

“We want to talk TO the people of Bradford - not just about the people of Bradford, as is so often the case. To be there when the city wakes up is going to be a real honour. I can't wait to be your alarm clock, Bradford!”

Output is planned to run until March 2021.

“I am very excited to be a part of this journey of new beginnings and the birth of Radio Bradford which will represent such diversity, culture and history. I relish the opportunity to serve the Bradford community by sharing their stories, their voices, music, events and everything that makes the city so special. I aim to bring the passion, the pride and the energy this great city deserves,” said Payne. 

BBC Radio Bradford will be available on MW and online.

“Bradford is a unique and exciting city and we want to provide more localised content especially at this time. BBC Radio Bradford will provide sport and local news and information to help people make sense of what is happening where they live,” added Chris Burns Head of BBC Audio and Digital.