A FLAGSHIP show on BBC Radio Oxford has relaunched with a new host.

Adam Ball has taken over as presenter of the station's drivetime slot, which airs from 4-7pm every weekday.

He replaces the show's previous host Howard Bentham, who was moved to drivetime from the breakfast show in 2017.

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Mr Ball joins the station from Heart Wiltshire, having started his career at Oxford’s Fox FM, which became Heart Thames Valley.

He said he first became interested in radio presenting while visiting BBC Radio Oxford in 1997.

Mr Ball, whose first show aired on Monday, said: "I am so excited to be broadcasting back in my home county, the place where all my family and friends still live, and the area I am so passionate about.

"All my memories growing up are here in Oxfordshire and I can’t wait to share my passion, love and stories with the rest of Oxfordshire once again, finally after eight years away, I am home”.

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Tim Boswell, editor at BBC Radio Oxford, said "I’m thrilled to bring Adam home to Oxford.  He loves Oxfordshire and that’s what we’re all about."

In March 2017 his predecessor Mr Bentham made an apparent dig at his bosses live on air, while announcing his swap to drivetime.

He said at the time: "I have spent two years presenting this show and trying to make it the very best it can be.

"It appears that is not enough, in the view of our temporary managing editor at least."