Today's Mail on Sunday reports that Radio 5 Live is to lose its star broadcaster Simon Mayo to Radio 2. He will replace Ken Bruce. The move is at least in part due to 5 Live's planned relocation to Manchester in 2011. Mayo has a young family and understandably doesn't wish to uproot them. 5 Live's loss will be Radio 2's gain. Ken Bruce reached his sell by date years ago.
But this news concentrates the mind on what will happen to the rest of 5 Live. Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty, who present the Breakfast Show, are unlikely to want to move north. Victoria Derbyshire, who hails from Bolton, has reportedly told colleagues she's staying put in the capital. Peter Allen lives in Hertfordshire and is highly unlikely to go, and Anita Anand is carving out a TV career and so is also unlikely to move. Richard Bacon, too, is unlikely to go.
So what we are looking at is a completely new presenter lineup on the news and current affairs programmes. The question is, will their listeners stand for it?