BBC Radio Suffolk is set to enter a new era as bosses announce details of a major shake-up to local stations which will see a greatly reduced amount of local programmes. 

The new schedules start from Monday, September 4 and on Radio Suffolk there will no longer be lunchtime, afternoon, teatime and weekend shows specific to the county.

Presenters will be hosting shows which are being broadcast across the region.

In March this year, Radio Suffolk icon Mark Murphy left the BBC amid the corporation's bosses making changes to local broadcasting. 

Stowmarket Mercury: Mark Murphy left the BBC earlier this yearMark Murphy left the BBC earlier this year (Image: Charlotte Bond)

Breakfast, mid-morning and sports programmes are set to remain largely unchanged and local to each radio station.

Luke Deal was confirmed as the breakfast show host after Mr Murphy stepped down – but it was announced this week that Wayne Bavin will be taking over the hotseat for the flagship show in early September.

The show airs between 6am to 10am every weekday. 

Sarah Lilley will also be presenting the 10am-2pm weekday show as she takes over from Wayne Bavin. 

Weekday afternoons from 2-6pm will be hosted by Louise Hulland.

Stowmarket Mercury: Wayne Bavin will be the new Radio Suffolk breakfast hostWayne Bavin will be the new Radio Suffolk breakfast host (Image: Newsquest)

Weeknights from 7pm will be hosted across the Eastern counties by Farzana Chaudry (Monday), Babs Michel (Tuesday and Wednesday), Rob Jelly (Thursday), and Angelle Joseph (Friday). 

On Thursday nights BBC Introducing will broadcast from 8-10pm, also presented by Ms Joseph. 

Voices on the airwaves across the weekend will include Ms Michel and Amir Suleman. 

In May, Radio Suffolk host Nick Risby presented his final show as he referred to the shake up of programming during his depature

BBC journalists based in Ipswich staged a 48-hour strike in June in protest of the plans.

The BBC says it has listened to audience feedback in order to inform the new proposals for its local radio programming.