Belfast Telegraph

U105's Carolyn Stewart 'not happy' as show axed - and listeners voice their anger

By Margaret Canning

U105 DJ Carolyn Stewart - considered one of the most popular voices on Northern Ireland radio - has told listeners she's "not happy" that her Saturday night slot is to be cut from the schedule.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed yesterday that the removal of Stewart's weekend show is one of many big changes coming at the station. DJ Rick Nugent will also be axed.

Carolyn, who will be keeping her weekday lunchtime show, told listeners yesterday that she couldn't go into detail about the loss of her Saturday Night House Party but added that she would miss it.

She was not available for further comment, although her fans are furious on social media over the decision to axe her Saturday show.

Listeners from as far away as the United States have also hit out at the other changes - including tweaks to Johnny Hero's Golden Years, which features in his drive-time show, and Rick Nugent and Ivan Martin being axed from the schedules.

Nugent presents a night-time show from 10pm to 2am, while veteran Martin, who was the first voice on the station when it was launched in 2005, is stepping away from his Sunday morning programme.

It's understood playlist changes by the station's owners will mean that older songs are going to be limited in future.

Carolyn Stewart fan Alan Robb said: "Utterly devastated that they're axing Carolyn's House Party.

"Saturday evenings just won't be the same not knowing what the rest of the country are eating and drinking, never mind all the great music that Carolyn plays.

"What other station plays SLF (Stiff Little Fingers), Undertones, Clash, Sex Pistols etc, etc.

"Hope U105 isn't going the way Downtown went."

Many listeners also pleaded directly with News UK - the company which has owned U105 since 2016.

It had been established in 2005 by TV station UTV Media plc - before a break-up of the business occurred with the radio assets being hived off from the TV division in 2016.

Imelda Millar Bingham posted: "To the new owners of U105. You haven't a clue what your doing. Leave well alone. Or go play in your own street."

Paddy Doyle said: "Disgusted that they will be taking those shows off the air! Run the risk of losing a lot of ears with decisions like that."

Commenting all the way from Florida, Donna Mountcastle said: "This is/was a great station because of its uniqueness. I listen from Florida, have many, many choices and I chose you. Don't fix what isn't broken."

News UK did not respond to a request for comment on the strength of listeners' feelings and whether it could influence their decision.

It's understood that the changes are set to be introduced next month.

However, there are no indications of who will replace Rick Nugent during the week, or Ivan Martin and Carolyn Stewart at weekends.

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