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Suffolk: Mystery over departure of BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Rob Dunger

09:00 05 August 2014

Rob Dunger

Rob Dunger

Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Rob Dunger who has left the station.

Mr Dunger, who presented the weekend breakfast shows on Saturdays and Sundays, had been off the for a few weeks and listeners understood he was under the weather.

However a statement from the BBC confirmed that he will not be returning to the show which includes gardening features on a Saturday and a religious element on a Sunday morning.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “We can confirm that Rob Dunger won’t be returning to his weekend breakfast show on BBC Radio Suffolk.

“Rachel Sloane will present the weekend breakfast show for the immediate future bringing the usual mix of news and the gardening phone-in on Saturday and faith on a Sunday.”

She could not give any further information about Mr Dunger’s departure – saying it was a confidential matter and the BBC did not comment on individual staffing issues.

Mr Dunger has been a familiar voice on the station over recent years. As well as hosting the weekend breakfast show he has also regularly stood in for other presenters when they have been away on holiday.

13 comments

  • Sorry Colin, you are wrong. Bury has its own excellent station in the form of RWS103.3. As for Radio Suffolk, I much preferred the mid morning slot when James did it, but Mark is forever winning awards so he can't be as bad as some people are saying. The afternoon programme as it stands is unfortunately always going to be a snoozer whoever presents it. It would certainly aid the station to get some more young blood behind the mic (preferably not Tractor Boy, I can't stand him!) and to be fair they have been doing this a bit by giving the likes of Sarah Lilley more airtime this summer. I am sorry that Rob has gone, I always liked his humour and thought was was especially good on the brekkie show when Mark presented it, I wish him all the best. It will be interesting to see who takes on the weekend breakfast gig next, but in the interim Rachel Sloane is an excellent broadcaster.

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    Adam

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • I do agree, I think the Murphys of got too much power on BBC Suffolk. Both of them have got daytime shows one after another is a bit too much. The BBC National, was think about getting rid of Leslie afternoon show. It was good that suffolk kept the local daytime afternoon program, but why did we keep her. It because the Murphys rule the station. James hazels is brilliant they should get people more like him on the station. To attract Younger listeners Before the current listeners die out. Maybe they need presenters from other areas of Suffolk. It is too much promoting Ipswich. The county town has already got their own station, the likes of Bury, Havehill and Subury have not got their own station so come on BBC, how about covering the whole of suffolk and not where you live and based.

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    Colin Presland

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Twenty years ago I assumed Radio Murphy was catering for the 50 plus age group. Now I'm in that group, it seems to be catering for those who are 70 plus. I agree, James Hazell isn't bad, but I can only imagine that Stephen Foster - whose knowledge of music is pretty good - must cringe at some of the dross he's forced to play by whoever compiles the playlist.

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    Robotix

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • I have given up on Radio Suffolk, they need to be rid of nearly all the Presenters, keep Luke Deal, James Hazel and find new presenters who are able to present a show without shouting and thinking their opinions are right, and the rest of us are idiots. Rid the station of Murphey's and that will be a start.

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    plummy

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Today radio Murphy has driven us mad about mrs Murphy's charity walk ,I know she is raising money for a good cause but why keep going on about it every 10 mins also remember she is still being paid by the bbc other people raise a lot of money while taking unpaid time off work to do good.

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    pandy

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • To be brutally honest Radio Suffolk is absolute cr4p. They need an entirely new line up and some charismatic presenters. Hopefully this won't include that pathetic excuse for a presenter pandolfi too!! Or better still just stop paying the TV licence and shut the whole BBC as we know it down!

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    Rory Breaker

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • We don't know the reasons behind the departure so pointless speculating but in general feel it is time for Radio Suffolk to have a complete overhaul - many of the voices have been around far too long and it really needs an injection of new blood if it is to survive in the future. A new generation of listeners is needed as the current demographic won't be around forever but tune in and the same old voices are heard that have been heard for the last ten+ years.

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    swatts

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Radio Suffolk rapidly became Radio Ipswich Town after Chris Opperman was booted out. When Murphy &Co took over I ceased to be a listener. If the action were to be closed it would be no loss.

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    John Haseltine

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Are you one of the family too hadleigblue? I agree with a couple of the other comments. What's worse, it looks to me that whenever Murphy quits, there's a replacement being groomed in the form of his 'mini me', the awful Tractor Boy

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    Robotix

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • what stupid comments about Mark Murphy & Lesley - both are excellent presenters for Radio Suffolk .

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    hadleighblue

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • It's a wonder that bbc radio Murphy did not get rid of him before as he was popular on the week end Murphy does like that, is that why they won't let James hazel do his show when he's off ,get rid of the Murphy clan him and her.a good shake up is needed two from the same family as main presenters is not on as one off on holiday both off.

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    pandy

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Hopefully Mark Murphy next

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    this is what we pay tax for

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Did he turn 60 by any chance? The BBC are a horrible bunch; they did the same with maureen garratt years ago. I look forward to the BBC public funding being non compulsary, and the organisation collapsing.

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    Rory Breaker

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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