Berlins faces axe as BBC ponders Law in Action revamp

MARCEL Berlins, the popular presenter of the long-running radio show, Law in Action, has emerged as another potential victim of the scheduling shake-up at Radio 4.

Although the programme itself, which Berlins has presented for nine and half years, has survived the controversial Radio 4 revamp, The Lawyer understands that the BBC is likely to axe Berlins.

Berlins, who also lectures on the law and writes a legal column for The Guardian, is

a well-known figure in the legal profession.

However, the BBC wants to shift the focus of the programme away from the legal profession itself, and towards consumers.

The new series, due to hit the airwaves on 28 May, has been switched from its regular Friday evening slot to Thursday afternoon at 4pm when most lawyers will be hard at work.

A BBC spokesman said the corporation was yet to decide whether Berlins or another presenter would host the show. A decision is expected in a fortnight.