Tony Blackburn, 79, slams ageism after his Radio 2 show is moved from Friday slot to Sundays
- Tony Blackburn criticised ‘wacky’ decision to move his Radio 2 show on Twitter
- Fans flocked to support the DJ as his show will be moved from Friday to Sunday
- One fan commented BBC was ‘making a lot of mistakes’ by changing scheduling
Tony Blackburn has attacked the BBC for its ‘strange’ decision to move his Radio 2 show.
The 79-year-old DJ appeared to blame the decision on ageism, saying in a post on social media ‘there’s a lot of it about’.
Blackburn learned earlier this month that from mid-July his Golden Hour show would be moved from 7pm on Fridays to the same time on Sunday.
The 79-year-old DJ appeared to blame the decision on ageism, saying in a post on social media ‘there’s a lot of it about’
Blackburn criticised the ‘wacky’ decision on Twitter, and fans of the show flocked to support the former Radio 1 DJ. One commented that the BBC was ‘making a lot of mistakes’ by changing up the scheduling.
The Golden Hour move is part of wider changes to Radio 2 scheduling that sees Craig Charles’ Saturday House Party axed.
The channel will host new shows from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK judge Michelle Visage, Waterloo Road actress Angela Griffin and DJ Spoony. An insider said there were ‘a lot of unhappy DJs at the moment as a result’.
One fan wrote online: ‘It’s the official start of the weekend, we’ll be listening in Tony. Making the most of the Friday nights whilst we can!’
Another added: ‘Enjoying the music tonight… going to miss the golden hour at this time.’
In response, Blackburn promised fans that he would ‘make Sundays more fun’ and agreed it was a ‘pity’ the show was losing its Friday slot ‘where it belongs’.
Earlier in the day, he asked his followers ‘doesn’t anyone value experience anymore’ after learning that some employers were not considering over-55s for jobs.
‘Listening to the radio and the discussion involved people over the age of 55 not being considered by employers for a job. Doesn’t anyone value experience anymore,’ he wrote.
‘I hate ageism and there’s a lot of it about.’