In a noteworthy transition, Martin Geissler is set to join the presenting team of BBC Radio Scotland’s acclaimed news and current affairs programme, Drivetime. This follows the recent retirement of John Beattie, a seasoned broadcaster, from the show last month.

Geissler, already a familiar voice to Radio Scotland listeners due to his stint with the Good Morning Scotland team in recent years, is poised to enhance the Drivetime presenting line-up alongside Fiona Stalker. Stalker will maintain her presence on Thursdays and Fridays, while Geissler is set to grace the airwaves Monday through Wednesday.

Gary Smith, Head of News and Current Affairs, BBC Scotland, says: “Martin is a hugely experienced journalist who brings many years of reporting and presenting, both on radio and television, to this role. He has an in-depth knowledge of the news agenda and an impressive track record on news-making interviews.

“Martin and Fiona are outstanding journalists who will deliver great content for our audiences going into what will undoubtedly be a significant year in news, politics and beyond.”

Martin will take up his new role later this month.

Martin says: “John Beattie’s shoes are big, metaphorically as well as literally. I’m honoured to have been given the opportunity to step into them. Together with a wonderfully talented team, John Beattie has given the Drivetime programme a unique style and personality. I plan to build on that and add some of my own experience to the mix.

“2024 will be a huge year for news with elections here in the UK, in the US and in many other major democracies around the world. There are conflicts, climate change and the impact of technology to report on.

“On a happier note Scotland and the Tartan Army are heading to the Euros and the Olympics take place in Paris. And that’s just the stuff we already know about.

“A big year for journalism, a big year for all of us. I can’t wait to get started.”

Fiona says: “It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to have worked as part of the Drivetime team with John Beattie since its launch in 2020. He’s literally a giant of broadcasting. His compassion , curiosity and good humour were a daily tonic for both the audience and his colleagues.

“John always made his journalism about our audience. He holds interviewees to account on behalf of our listeners. The respect he showed to colleagues across departments was inspiring. He nurtured talent and celebrated the skills of the team.

“Being part of the Drivetime team in one of the most exciting and challenging of news years is an honour. The production team consistently drives the news agenda – with energy, enthusiasm and of course original journalism. A joy to work alongside.”

Having collaborated since the launch of the Sunday Show in February 2021, Geissler and Stalker have developed a strong working relationship. Geissler presents the first half-hour of the two-hour show, which airs simultaneously on BBC One Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland. From 10:30 am onwards, Stalker takes over for the remainder of the show exclusively on BBC Radio Scotland. The dynamic duo now gears up to steer Drivetime into what promises to be a compelling and eventful year.