BBC Radio 2’s Alex Lester has been entertaining night-shift workers for well over twenty years, providing a much-needed form of entertainment and interaction in his 2-5am weekday slot. His show, the Best Time of the Day, has a fantastic following, with Alex’s Facebook and twitter pages each garnering 10k likes and followers.
“It gives people a chance to use their imaginations and a programme never goes by without someone coming up with a brilliantly funny idea,” said Alex on his BBC Radio 2 page.
A recent announcement from the Beeb explained that the Best Time of the Day show would be moving with Alex – also known as The Dark Lord – to the weekend slot from Friday to Sunday causing outrage among avid listeners. In the place of his weekday slot, daytime show repeats will be aired from 3-5am.
Shaun Wheeler, a Class 1 HGV driver who works nights, has been listening to Alex for over 10 years. “Night workers across the country don’t want to listen to repeats of old programmes they’ve probably heard before,” said Shaun. “They want live interaction with a great, humourous DJ.”
On twitter there were many messages of sadness at the news.
To try to combat this decision, fans have set up a @SaveAlexLesterS twitter account to get people to sign their petition to the BBC available here. Almost 1000 people have signed it so far.
Richard Warner, a Carer who has been a loyal listener for 15 years, set up the Facebook page for the cause named ‘Save the Alex lester best time of the day show’, which has rounded up quite the following with nearly 1500 likes in just a few days.
He said: “They say it is all about money and the fact they need to make cuts but I do think there is more to it then they are coming out with. Alex has been with Radio 2 for some 20 years and this is how they treat him.”
The changes are due to take place in October so if you would like to keep Alex Lester in his regular weekday slot instead of listening to repeats, get signing the petition and liking and following the social media accounts.
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