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BBC Radio 3's Elizabeth Alker addresses Rochdale accent distracting listeners

BBC‘s Elizabeth Alker has been on the airwaves since 2005, interviewing the likes of Paul McCartney to Steve Reich, and by now she’d think listeners would have become used to her northern accent. But she admits her Rochdale roots still receive a sense of surprise from her audience.

The radio DJ joined the BBC as a researcher but soon became a reporter and presenter for Radio 6 Music, something she is extremely passionate about.

Her parents were both pianists and Elizabeth grew up learning the clarinet, recorder and piano, so her musical talents tied in with her English degree paved the way for her calling to music journalism.

But after graduating in 2003 and the job hunt began, she admitted there was a fear of being judged on her Rochdale accent by potential employers.

Gushing over the benefits of being able to use email instead of face to face meetings straight away, she said in a new interview: “It was so liberating, in some ways, not to be judged on my Rochdale accent (amazingly, even stronger back then), or my general lack of self-belief, experience and connections.”

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She now presents Unclassified on Thursdays and Breakfast on Saturdays on Radio 3, but listeners are still surprised by her voice.

“It’s still fairly rare to hear a Rochdale accent on the radio, particularly presenting classical music,” she explained.

“Although there are an increasing number of northerners on Radio 3 now, and judging by my Twitter timeline, lots of listeners are still surprised by it.”

She likened the reaction to that of female composers she has interviewed in the past, who were “beavering away making strange sounds in lonely studios”.

“A Greater Manchester accent unleashed, coloured with all its colloquialisms and particular inflections, might make you think of mills or football or post-punk, but it’s rarely associated with classical music.”

Despite her worries surrounding her voice, she smiled as she revealed it’s a “huge privilege” to be able to bring the “unexpected and the non-standard” into people’s lives.

“I love to persuade listeners of the joy in a spectral sounding theremin or a glitchy electronic beat,” she said.

She then jokingly added: “And when I am director-general I will change all standard BBC pronunciations so that words are spoken with flat vowels and dropped h’s and t’s because, well, what is standard, anyway?”

Elizabeth’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

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Naga Munchetty warns listeners after story leaves her in tears before going live on air

Naga Munchetty, 46, warned listeners before her BBC Radio 5 Live guest told her an emotional and heartfelt story on the show. The BBC Breakfast host admitted the moving tale had moved her to tears before she had arrived at the public broadcaster’s office that morning.
Naga welcomed Josie Lloyd onto her morning radio show, to discuss her new novel, which was inspired by how she had completed a 10k run in Brighton alongside other cancer survivors.

Josie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer but is now cancer-free, had the most incredible anecdote from her time in the race, which she wanted to share with listeners.

However Naga interrupted her and said: “Can I just say one thing before you say this, I’m warning my listeners now… I read this, this morning and I cried on the way to work.

“It’s beautiful, it’s beautiful, sorry carry on Josie,” she added.

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Josie started: “It’s the story that inspired me to write a whole novel. So what happened was this lovely woman fell into step next to me [during the race] and she was the picture of health, she had this gorgeous glossy hair.

“She said, ‘I had Stage 4 cancer, they thought I was a goner.

“I ran all the way through my treatment, and look at me now and we had a little… she said, ‘Go on keep going, you can do it’.

“I was so inspired by her and she was so lovely. She ran on and I kind of got my mojo back and I ran on.”

However, when Josie got to the end of the race, the kind runner stopped and wanted to continue their conversation.

Josie continued: “At the final turn of the race she had waited for me. She said, ‘Stop a sec, I want to talk to you,’ and I said, ‘What is it?’

“And she said, ‘When I was going through my absolute lowest ebb I was in a café, near the hospital and I was feeling wretched, and this woman, this stranger across the café came over to me and she said, ‘Listen I know what you are going through, I’ve been there, and I just want you to know to have hope because your life will be even better at the other side of cancer’.

“This woman in the café had taken off a little butterfly necklace, which she had given to this runner and said, ‘This is a little butterfly of hope, and I want you to wear it and know your life will be better than ever on the other side of cancer’.

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“And now in the race, this runner took her necklace off, the same necklace I’m wearing now, and she gave it to me and said, ‘Look this is your little butterfly of hope now, and I want you to wear it and know your life is going to be better than ever.

“’Just know you are going to be fine,’” she finished.

Josie has now released The Cancer Ladies’ Running book which details her experience with the disease and how she found hope and friendship through running.

Elsewhere, Naga has been keeping her fans entertained on social media after she revealed how a supermarket assistant had turned her away from buying a bottle of wine.

The TV host spoke out on Twitter after she was unable to purchase alcohol after leaving her ID at home.

Naga typed in view of her 254,000 followers: “Am winning at life in a small way this morning…

“Just been refused to be sold a bottle of wine at the local supermarket by the lovely lady at the till because I had no I.D. YES!”

Fellow BBC host Sophie Raworth, 52, said she was also recently asked for a form of identification while trying to purchase alcohol.

She responded: “I got ‘carded’ recently to see if I was over 25 in a supermarket. I was wearing a mask and a hat to be fair. But still.”

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Simon Mayo hits out at BBC for 'annoying' listeners as he launches bid to steal audience

Simon Mayo, 62, revealed that his BBC Radio 2 listeners were “annoyed” after the broadcaster merged his show with Jo Whiley’s in order to attract more female listeners. He was at the helm of the Drivetime slot for eight years but resigned following the decision to join the two together, admitting his fans were “not impressed”.
Simon, who now hosts a Drivetime show on Greatest Hits Radio, looked back at the debacle in a recent interview, saying: “When things are changed, people don’t like it.

“They [listeners] felt annoyed.”

The radio DJ also hopes to lure his former regulars from the “dark side”.

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“Hopefully they’ll come over and find us on Greatest Hits,” he grinned, while talking to The Mirror.

Jo joined Simon’s award-winning show after moving from the evening slot she had presented since 2011.

But he admitted at the time it was an “awkward and stressful few months”.

The DJ also confessed that he no longer listens to the BBC show, but wishes his friends and former colleagues all the best.

In a statement given by the BBC at the time Bob Shennan, former Radio 2 controller and now BBC’s Director of Radio and Music, said: “I’m delighted that two of Radio 2’s most popular presenters are now presenting a brand new show each weekday, which I’m confident will become one of the network’s most listened to shows.”

However, figures dropped significantly following the move and Simon announced his departure on 22 October 2018.

Alongside his new station slot, he will continue to front his weekend show on Scala Radio, where he found himself at the centre of a legal issue with the BBC, over the copyright surrounding Ken Bruce’s popular quiz PopMaster.

Debuting his own feature ‘OpMaster’ on his Scala show, the broadcaster found the gag “strangely reminiscent” of the original.

“There were some legal conversations that happened and we didn’t do it again. But it made people laugh,” Simon explained.

“But everyone is cool, everyone is grown up, and radio is an intelligent industry. As far as I know, nobody has any problems.”

The Simon Mayo Drivetime Show launches on Greatest Hits Radio at 4pm on 15 March.