BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne is to be the new station voice of BBC Radio Newcastle.
She replaces lead singer of ACDC, Brian Johnson, who has been the voice of the station since 2013.
Sunderland-born Lauren has voiced all the idents for programmes, news intros, travel bulletins and more to be played out from May 2nd.
Laverne says: “I am thrilled that BBC Newcastle asked me to be their voice of the station. I have enjoyed listening to Brian’s voice on the station over the last few years and it’s an honour to step into his shoes. I hope I have injected some of my own personality into the jingles, and look forward to hearing myself as I drive around the North East.”
Doug Morris, Managing Editor of BBC Newcastle, says: “I am a big fan of Lauren’s work and after she presented our People’s History Of Pop programme, I was delighted when she agreed to bring her voice to BBC Newcastle. Brian Johnson has done a great job, but the time is right for him to pass the baton on to Lauren who has brought her unique style and energy to the station.”
Lauren can be heard on BBC Newcastle from 2 May, and Brian’s last links will be heard on 1 May. Prior to Brian, Matt Baker, presenter of The One Show, provided the voice of BBC Newcastle.