DANNY BAKER’S afternoon radio show is to be axed by BBC London in a move the DJ and TV presenter called “embarrassing”.
The news was broken by Baker himself via his Twitter account.
“BBC asked me not to say anything just yet about axing best show on British Radio,” said Baker.
“Why? Because it’s embarrassing? Because they’ll look bad?”
Baker also attacked the timing of the announcement, as it comes just before he is to be awarded a place in the Radio Hall of Fame.
“I am being ‘inducted’ into The Radio Hall Of Fame next week,” said the 55-year-old.
“Big honour. BBC salutes by cutting five sixths of my shows.”
Baker has already received the support of fellow celebs.
“He’s the best. Today the BBC are axing his show. Dickwits,” said Stephen Fry, while Ross Noble asked “how can the BBC axe our greatest radio talent?”
“After recent events they should be celebrating what they do well,’ he added.
LondonNet reported last year that one of either either Baker’s or Robert Elms’ programmes faced the chop from BBC London thanks to big budget cuts at the station.
Even back then, Baker appeared less than confident about his broadcasting future.
“So the BBC London afternoon show – current Sony Gold holder – is to be part of the Delivering Quality First cuts,” he said.
“The logic of Genius. Nothing like having your show axed to let you know how valued you are.”
Despite the row, Baker is likely to stay on at BBC London with a new weekly show and he also hosts Radio 5’s Saturday morning slot.