Monthly Archives: October 2013

11th October 2013 Mark Forrest show

Wire Free Productions recommissioned


BBC Local radio has announced that Wire Free will do the Mark Forrest show for another year.

This is a copy of the press release:

Release – Friday 11 October 2013


BBC Agrees Contract Renewal for Wire Free Productions


The BBC has announced that Wire Free Productions will continue to produce the corporation’s all-local radio evening programme – ‘Mark Forrest’ – for a further year.  The show is broadcast across 39 BBC Local Radio stations in England and the Channel Islands on weekdays between 7-10 pm.


Speaking today, David Holdsworth, Controller, BBC English Regions, said, “It’s a mark of our satisfaction with the ‘Mark Forrest’ programme that Wire Free Productions’ contract to deliver the show has been renewed.  We’re delighted with the creativity and direction shown by its producers; their understanding of the needs of local stations and their audiences and to have such a terrific presenter in Mark Forrest in this prestigious slot.”


Wire Free Productions was launched specifically to bid for the all-local radio evening programme when it came up for tender in the summer of 2012.  The production company is chaired by the broadcaster and former senior BBC executive Matthew Bannister.  Former BBC Asian Network executive, Husain Husaini, is Chief Executive.


Matthew Bannister said, “I’m delighted the BBC has underlined its commitment to the show and to us as the production team.  It has been a challenging brief but we believe we’ve developed a first class show which is getting a warm reaction from listeners across England and the Channel Islands. Being re-commissioned is a tribute to our hard working team in Leeds – and we are delighted that we can continue the work we’ve started.”


Gerald Main, Editor, BBC Local Radio, commented “Mark is a class act and with Wire Free’s production, we’re confident we have the right team in place for the year ahead.”


Contact: Jo Waters, BBC North Press Office: 07949 770 409 or



Notes for Editors:


‘Mark Forrest’ is syndicated across all 39 of the BBC’s Local Radio stations in England and the Channel Islands.  The programme launched on 7 January 2013 and broadcasts on weekdays between 7-10 pm.


The programme is broadcast from the studios at BBC Radio Leeds