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Journalist quits radio station after 32 years following ‘six months of uncertainty’

Melvyn PriorA cuts-hit local radio journalist has announced his departure from the BBC after 32 years of service and “six months of uncertainty”.

Melvyn Prior has confirmed he is leaving BBC Radio Lincolnshire, where he currently presents the 2pm to 6pm programme.

The time slot is due to be hit by plans, first announced in October, that would see all 39 BBC radio stations in England share programming from 2pm onwards on weekdays.

It was proposed that 18 different regional shows would be broadcast between 2pm and 6pm.

Posting on Twitter, Melvyn wrote: “After six months of uncertainty I decided the direction of travel was not for me.

“I’ve had a great career in an industry I love. I’ve met and worked with some wonderful people. Something I’ve never taken for granted. So thank you.

“Change is always difficult, but this process has been painful and has taken its toll on both those staying and those leaving.

“Hopefully I will be able to continue to support some of the local groups and charities that I’ve worked with over the years. Meanwhile, we’ll ‘keep it local’ as long as we can.”

National Union of Journalists members at BBC England announced yesterday that they are set to undertake a fresh two-day strike over the plans.

Stuart Thomas, the BBC’s head of the Midlands, said: “Melvyn is very much part of the Lincolnshire community and I’d like to thank him for everything he has done for our listeners in the region.

“He has undoubtedly left his mark. I wish him well for the future.”