Former XFM breakfast presenter Jon Holmes has been confirmed as the weekday afternoon presenter on talkRADIO.
Jon, who has most recently been hosting weekend breakfast on Radio X, is joining a number of new recruits, including Eamonn Holmes, Martin Roberts, Penny Smith, Jake Yapp, Bob Mills and Alexis Conran.
Mike Graham and Mike Parry – the Two Mikes from talkSPORT – will host overnights, and Howard Hughes will present a Sunday night show.
The new talkRADIO presenter line-up is so-far confirmed as:
0600 – 1000 Paul Ross
1000 – 1300 Julia Hartley-Brewer
1300 – 1600 Jon Holmes
1600 – 1900 Sam Delaney (Yasmeen Khan Friday)
1900 – 2200 Jonny Gould (George Galloway Friday from 6th May)
2200 – 0100 Iain Lee
0100 – 0600 Mike Graham and Mike Parry (Friday ?)
0800 – 1100 Penny Smith
1100 – 1300 Martin Roberts
1300 – 1500 Alexis Conran
1500 – 1800 Andy Jaye
0800 – 1100 Jake Yapp
1100 – 1300 Eamonn Holmes
1900 – 2200 Bob Mills
2200 – 0100 Howard Hughes
Let’s Talk With Eamonn Holmes (Sundays, 11am-1pm) will feature an in-depth interview with a major household name each week, starting with Baroness Karren Brady CBE, business woman and star of The Apprentice (BBC1), on Sunday 27th March.
Eamonn said: “You may think you know the people who I will be talking to but, the beauty with talkRADIO is that it will give me time to find out about the bits that no one knows. I hope listeners will feel privy to eavesdropping on a conversation rather than an interrogation.”
A regular on BBC Radio and the Asian Network, Yasmeen Khan is also confirmed to present talkRADIO’s Drivetime every Friday (4-7pm).
talkRADIO will broadcast a number of specialist magazine shows at the weekend, with topics covered including property, motoring, consumer affairs, comedy, sex and relationships, and the paranormal.
Gazumped with Martin Roberts (Saturday 11-1pm), best known for his role as host of BBC1’s Homes Under the Hammer, will focus on all aspects of property, including home improvements, celebrity houses, and the latest trends in interior design.
Sports broadcaster and motor enthusiast Andy Jaye will present Motors and Megabytes (Saturday 3-6pm) which will feature car reviews and feature segments on the latest gadgets.
Penny Smith will host Saturday Breakfast (8-11am), while Jake Yapp’s Comedian’s Breakfast (8am-11am) will air Sunday mornings.
Consumer affairs will be covered by Alexis Conran, on The Radio Hustle (Saturdays, 1-3pm), while a regular on the comedy circuit, Bob Mills, takes Sunday evening, with Stand Up for Bob Mills (Sundays, 7-10pm). Howard Hughes will round off the weekend with paranormal show The Unexplained with Howard Hughes (Sundays, 10pm-1am). The Two Mikes with Mike Graham and Mike Parry will provide the entertainment on overnights (Monday – Thursday, 1am-6am).
Dennie Morris, Managing Editor for talkRADIO, said, “We’re incredibly excited about the line-up for talkRADIO – Eamonn Holmes is a very experienced interviewer and adept at bringing out the best in people, while presenters such as Martin Roberts, Penny Smith and Alexis Conran are exceptional talents and can really bring listeners something different.
“Our content is hugely unique, with shows ranging from homes and motors, to comedy and the supernatural, so we can’t wait to get on the air, and put our stamp of passion, intelligence and flair on the radio landscape.”
talkRADIO launches on 21st March.