BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a two hour archived interview between Cilla Black and Johnnie Walker tonight, following the death of the television presenter and singer over the weekend.
First aired in December 2013 on BBC Radio 2, ‘Johnnie Walker Meets… Cilla Black’ replaces ‘Sounds of the 50s with Leo Green’ and ‘The Art of Artists’ which will be broadcast next Monday, 10th August, from 10.00pm on BBC Radio 2.
The interview was given during her 50th anniversary year in show business, and first aired on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday 26th December 2013.
But the station has been criticised for broadcasting a pre-recorded programme by Paul O’Grady on Sunday afternoon, just hours after news of Cilla’s death was announced. Listeners and radio folk alike pointed out on social media that Paul made no mention of his close friends death, highlighting its pre-recorded nature. The programme did however contain regular announcements that it was pre-recorded after the top of hour news bulletins.
BBC Radio 2 says it has not received any complaints about the timing of the programme.
LBC presenter Olly Mann tweeted: “The dangers of prerecorded radio:weird to be listening to Paul o grady on Radio 2 and not hear him react to Cilla’s death.”
The dangers of prerecorded radio:weird to be listening to Paul o grady on Radio 2 and not hear him react to Cilla's death.
— Olly Mann (@OllyMann) August 2, 2015
@BBCRadio2 hi radio 2, if you see paul o grady today, can you tell him that his friend cilla black has died age 72
— steven dawson (@stevend97614923) August 2, 2015
— Dave Bracegirdle (@bracecricket) August 2, 2015