Tuning out: Senator Burch leaves 'Bermuda Speaks' radio show

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Progressive Labour Party Senator Walton Brown says he will use his new position as 'Bermuda Speaks' host to "get people talking".

Sen. Brown has stepped in as full-time presenter of the Sunday evening show after fellow party Senator David Burch brought an end to his four years' service as one of the best-known voices on radio.

The Royal Gazette understands Sen. Burch wants to commit more time to his job as Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Housing.


Progressive Labour Party Senator Walton Brown says he will use his new position as 'Bermuda Speaks' host to "get people talking".

Sen. Brown has stepped in as full-time presenter of the Sunday evening show after fellow party Senator David Burch brought an end to his four years' service as one of the best-known voices on radio.

The Royal Gazette understands Sen. Burch wants to commit more time to his job as Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Housing.

Sen. Brown, who has an extensive background in the media and made his first appearance as host on Sunday, told this newspaper: "My approach will be to have really in-depth interviews with people and have people reflect what's going on.

"I come with no agenda other than to get people talking on the issues."

He said the listeners would decide which topics are up for discussion, explaining: "It's not my role to tell people what to think."

Bermuda Speaks has also now moved to 10 p.m. until midnight on Hott 107.5, after producers decided its 8 p.m. slot on Magic 102.7 clashed with other talk shows.

The guest this Sunday will be environmentalist Stuart Hayward, whom Sen. Brown says will be able to cover a wide range of issues as an activist, campaigner and the first independent MP in the age of party politics.

Sen. Brown was recently revealed as the man behind a new company planning to launch Bermuda's second daily newspaper, which has recently advertised for a general manager.

In the past, he has presented a television show called 'Behind the Headlines', founded the public relations and advertising agency Evoke, and is behind the recently relaunched Bermuda Network News website.

He has also launched several publications, worked for the now defunct Bermuda Times and is a former director of Island Press Holdings.

Sen. Burch has been known for his outspoken nature on the show and at times has courted controversy. In 2005, he disagreed with an anti-Independence caller, cut him off and accused him of being a "house nigger".

The Human Rights Commission later ruled that his use of the phrase had been distasteful but not illegal.

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