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Bates quits Classic for Smooth

article date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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Classic FM morning presenter Simon Bates has joined the new national Smooth Radio service to host breakfast.

Every weekday from 6am, Simon will be on-air and playing great music and giving away some fantastic competitions prizes. The Simon Bates breakfast show also sees the return of the popular 'Our Tune' feature.

The former Radio 1 DJ has joined a new national line-up of Mark Goodier, Dave Lincoln, Carlos, Andy Peebles and Lynn Parsons.

Simon Bates has been broadcasting on the BBC and commercial radio for almost 40 years. He spent 16 years as the mid morning presenter on BBC Radio 1 but for the last 15 years he has predominantly worked in commercial radio. His voice has been heard on Talk Radio UK, London’s LBC and at Classic FM, where he latterly presented a mid morning show following seven years on breakfast.

Simon Bates said: “I have had a very enjoyable and happy time at Classic FM and I leave with great affection for the station and people who work there and all at Global. I am now very much looking forward to joining the new national Smooth Radio.”

GMG Radio’s Group Programme Director John Simons said: “We are delighted that Simon Bates will be joining the station. He was part of our audience’s youth and his warm style of broadcasting will no doubt be a great draw for listeners. Smooth Radio is all about the music and we will arguably have the most knowledgeable line-up of popular music broadcasters on the commercial airwaves.”

Richard Park, Global Radio's Director of Broadcasting, said: "We would like to thank Simon for his outstanding contribution over the years and we wish him all the best in the next phase of his career."

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