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Fox renews Magic contract, as Jensen and Sharp axed from Smooth

By | Published on Monday 6 January 2014

Neil Fox

Bauer Media last week announced that it had signed up that Neil Fox to two more years presenting the breakfast show on its Magic station in London. So that’s something to look forward to. The programme will now be called ‘Foxy In The Morning’ (I’ve no idea what it used to be called), and Fox will get an extra hour in bed, as the broadcast slot moves from 5-9am to 6-10am.

Confirming all this, and with his new run beginning today, Fox told CMU: “I’m delighted to sign for another two years to Magic, and for my show to lead London’s biggest commercial station. The mission of the new show is to be the friendliest and warmest out there, in tune with what London and the UK is waking up to. We want to create an optimistic, upbeat and fun tone which wakes you up and gets you to work and we can’t wait to get cracking from the 6th!”

Meanwhile Steve Parkinson, MD for Bauer Radio London, said: “Neil is a consummate professional and he is one of the most fantastic talents in our industry, whether presenting to his audience or in front of our advertisers or hosting events – a true all rounder. We are delighted he will remain within Bauer and Magic. Moving his show from 6-10am also means ‘Foxy In The Morning’ immediately reaches a wider audience and so provides even better opportunities for our advertising partners”.

There was less good news for some other former Capital Radio presenters just before Christmas as David Jenson and Pat Sharp were abruptly axed from the schedules of Smooth Radio. Jenson and Sharp, who like Fox were Capital DJs back in the olden days, were removed in some on-air rejigs resulting from Smooth becoming part of Global Radio last year (making it a sister station to Capital, of course).

A spokesman for the station told Radio Today: “We can confirm that Pat Sharp and David Jensen have left Smooth Radio. We appreciate all their hard work and dedication during their time on the station and we wish them both all the very best for the future”.

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