Michael Ball to take over Wogan’s weekend slot
The slot previously home to Weekend Wogan on BBC Radio 2 will be filled by Michael Ball
From Sunday 10th April Michael will move from Sunday evenings to Sunday mornings 11 till 1pm with a new show entitled The Michael Ball Show, produced by Wise Buddah.
Michael says: “I feel so honoured to have been asked to return to Sunday mornings on BBC Radio 2. I learned so much from my great friend and mentor Sir Terry Wogan. He was simply the best.”
In addition, Richard Madeley, who has presented the programme since December, will present the show for 10 weeks each year. Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes, Radio 2 says: “Terry was such a huge part of our audience’s lives for so long that finding another presenter to fill that particular slot was always going to be difficult. Michael is already familiar to our audience and I’m delighted that he will take over the Sunday morning slot.”
There are a few other changes to the Radio 2 schedule – with Claudia Winkleman moving from the Radio 2 Arts Show on a Friday for a new Sunday Night with Claudia Winkleman show, also produced by Wise Buddah.
The Arts Show will continue to be presented in the short-term by a number of guest presenters, who have recently included Nihal and Penny Smith. The Arts show is currently presented by Jonathan Ross.
A new addition to the Saturday night schedule is The Craig Charles House Party from 22.00 – 00.00, which follows his 6 Music Funk and Soul Show which is on-air from 18.00 – 21.00. Both shows are presented from Salford.
Further schedule changes are as follows:
The Organist Entertains and Listen to the Band move from Thursday to Tuesday nights from 23.00 and 23.30 respectively, kicking off Tuesday 12th April.
Radio 2 Arts Show moves to Thursday evenings from Thursday 14th April from 22.00 – 00.00 (from Friday 22.00 – 00.00).
Sounds of the 80s, presented by Sara Cox, will move to Fridays from 22.00 – 00.00 (from Saturday 22.00 – 00.00) from Friday 15 April.
No one can replace Sir Terry but I hope he would have been happy for me. I'm nervous but can't wait to get started. @BBCRadio2 April 10th
— Michael Ball OBE (@mrmichaelball) March 18, 2016