Belfast Telegraph

Baker back on air after show rant

Presenter Danny Baker took to the airwaves for the first time since his on-air rant against BBC bosses.

The DJ quit his BBC London 94.9 show live on air and went on a two-hour tirade against station chiefs after learning his regular daily show is to be canned.

Baker, due to be honoured with a top broadcasting award in only a few days, began his apparently unaffected Radio 5 Live show this morning by saying "it does seem odd (to be back) after the maelstrom of the week".

The 55-year-old told listeners he was considering stopping a regular feature on the show called the sausage sandwich game.

"While it's at its best, always cut it off at the knees," he said. "I find that is the way things are done these days."

And after a segment which featured a man predicting football scores using a didgeridoo, he joked: "This is what my other station feel they can do without."

In his rant on Thursday, Baker complained about the pay his co-hosts were given and said he hoped the decision-makers choked on their abacus beads.

He used his entire programme to sound off about the decision which he blamed on cost-cutting, and added: "By the way, nice way to treat a bloke who had cancer."

Two years ago he announced he was diagnosed with cancer and had a period off-air while he underwent a period of treatment but bounced back to resume his presenting career.

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