Birmingham-born radio personality Adrian Goldberg is to build on his Watchdog experience by hosting a new Radio 5 Live investigative programme.
The new Sunday evening show – 5 Live Investigates – will champion issues highlighted by listeners, making use of Mr Goldberg’s experience as a reporter for the hard-hitting TV show Watchdog.
Mr Goldberg’s new role means he will no longer host his night-time show on Talksport.
The presenter, who also presents a Saturday morning show on BBC WM and writes a column for the Birmingham Mail, said he was looking forward to unearthing some head-line grabbing stories that reflected the concerns of listeners of the new show.
“It’s a show that was made for me and I really want to get my teeth stuck into headline-making investigative stories,” he said.
“The journalism I have been associated with has a campaigning edge and they are looking for a bit of that.
“We’ll be looking at anything that is covered up but needs to be uncovered, taking on local government and national government where appropriate.
“Anywhere where people are being done down and being denied justice or basic fairness.
“It’s about standing up for the little man,” he said.
Mr Goldberg said he was happy his new role means he can spend more time in Birmingham with his two young daughters, as his show at Talksport, broadcast between one and six in the morning, means he currently spends weekdays in London.
“The fact that I will be back in Birmingham during the week is fantastic,” he said.
As well as his radio and TV career, Mr Goldberg also runs the website The Stirrer which highlights local issues and provides a forum where readers can debate them.
But he recently said he need to step back from running the site due to pressures on his time, and has been open to suggestions on how it should be managed in the future.
He said he would like to pass the baton on to somebody who could develop it in a new direction.
“I do hope that it will continue in its current form,” he said.
“I’m looking for a Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
“There’s an opportunity for somebody who can take it further – but they have got to be a bit obsessive, a bit mad and have a good network of contacts – but it’s an opportunity.”
Donal MacIntyre previously presented a Sunday night investigative programme on Radio 5 Live, but has since left the station and now fronts the ITV1’s regional news programme in the capital, London Tonight