Barkes - broadcaster, columnist and recovering political media consultant - will from the 5th July be the new late night broadcaster Sunday-Thursday for BBC London 94.9. "The BBC is a world-class broadcaster and I am proud to be joining the BBC London 94.9 team. Night-time radio has a special place in my heart and by joining the BBC I will be able to bring a new kind of late night broadcasting to the capital. It won't be an endless diet of news and politics - it'll be about real life and continuing to give nocturnal Londoners a voice on the airwaves." A very well respected broadcast journalist Duncan was recently nominated for BPG’s Radio Programme of the Year Award.
Prior to this Duncan was the late night voice of LBC 97.3 attracting record listening figures for the station having worked for the award winning station for 4 years.
Prior to hosting the popular overnight slot on LBC, Barkes was the nocturnal voice at talkSPORT – the UK’s only national commercial speech radio station, presenting the 1-6am overnight current affairs slot during the week. Here he increased the number of people listening by 20%. His radio experience also includes programming and managing a number of award winning stations across the South of England. Presenting shows at BBC Southern Counties Radio, Radio City 96.7, City Talk 105.9 and Spirit FM enabled him to develop his love of talk radio.
Barkes has a rich and varied media background as media consultant. He has successfully managed press offices and agency PR departments. He has a credible background in campaigning on a number of issues including social campaigns protecting local health services to national campaigns conceived to raise awareness on a number of issues. Barkes has also acted as a media consultant and has worked with a number of organisations and individuals to raise their profile and get their message heard. This included working alongside Ken Livingstone on his successful independent bid to become Mayor of London and UKIP’s Nigel Farage on the run-up to the 2010 General Election.
Duncan is a regular feature columnist for the Daily Express and currently writes a syndicated newspaper column that appears in eight titles across the county of West Sussex. Now in its 7th year the column covers a wide range of issues and topics and is often fiercely opinionated.
Barkes is a regular contributor to BBC 2's Daily Politics and often appears on the Sky News sofa previewing the next day’s newspapers. He also worked extensively with Sir Trevor McDonald on ITV when Sir Trevor chose Duncan’s radio show in Liverpool to research people’s attitudes to immigration in 2009.
Away from broadcast journalism Duncan’s passion lies with jazz - he’s a regular at various gigs, a member of Ronnie Scott’s, and a previous weekend presenter for Jazz FM under the ‘nom de plume’ of Tom Dudley. He also enjoys red wine, cigars and seascapes.