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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Radio DJ Danny Baker has attacked bosses who axed his BBC London radio show, calling them “pinheaded weasels”.
The veteran broadcaster, who took time out of showbiz last year to battle cancer, told his listeners he only found out his show was cancelled when he overheard people on the tube.
Although the BBC said Baker, 55, would continue to host his show until the end of the year, the DJ gave the impression he was to leave immediately on his afternoon slot, from 3pm to 5pm today.
“Just been told the BBC London Show - the Treehouse - is to be shut down,” he said on Twitter.
“Saves BBC money apparently.”
Stephen Fry, Rob Brydon and Ross Noble have been reported as among those to criticise the decision.
Speaking to listeners of his show this afternoon Baker said: “As you may have heard, this show has been cancelled by the BBC. This may be the last one we ever do, but let’s look past that. Nobody from the station rang me.
“No jokes, this show has been cancelled. Don’t worry, I’ve let them know. The BBC have cancelled this show for financial reasons.”
A BBC spokesperson said the DJ was still “very much part of the BBC” and would continue to present his Saturday morning show on Radio 5 Live.