BBC Radio Foyle’s flagship breakfast news programme, North West Today, is set to undergo an exciting expansion starting Monday, 15 January 2024. The show will now run for a full hour, from 8 am to 9 am on weekdays, providing an extended platform for delivering trusted news and in-depth analysis.

With this extended duration, presenter Elaine McGee and the dedicated North West Bureau team will have more time to delve into important stories, prioritizing issues that impact BBC audiences throughout the northwest region of Northern Ireland. The focus will be on shedding light on local concerns, making them more accessible to a wider audience, including digital platforms.

Elaine McGee said: “As a team, we are thrilled to now have one hour which means more time to concentrate on the stories that matter most to our listeners. The North West has so many stories to tell and we are looking forward to further strengthening the connection we have with our audience. It is a testament to their support that we now look forward to this new chapter for the news team at BBC Radio Foyle.”

Kevin Kelly, BBC Northern Ireland Head of News and Current Affairs said: “This is a good news story for all our audiences in the North West, and shows our commitment to bringing local news that matters to people right across the area. We are passionate about telling the story of the North West as widely as we can across all our output, and this will also complement what we have been doing to enhance our digital news offering in BBC Northern Ireland, with our North West news team working collaboratively on content which will be available wherever people get their news.”

Starting from the aforementioned date, North West Today can be enjoyed on BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Sounds, ensuring that the audience can stay informed from 8 am to 9 am on weekdays. This move marks an exciting evolution for the news team at BBC Radio Foyle, reflecting their dedication to delivering comprehensive and relevant news coverage.