Tony Blackburn returns to Radio 2 this month
Tony Blackburn returns to Radio 2 this month
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Tony Blackburn returns to Radio 2 this month

Tony Blackburn will be back on national radio before the year is out, despite the BBC saying he’s not returning till next year.

His first show since being sacked earlier this year will on New Year’s Eve on BBC Radio 2.

Tony will be hosting a three-hour soul show with music from Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Jackie Wilson and many more from 8pm till 11pm on December 31st.

Then, in 2017, Tony will take over the Friday night 7pm slot vacated by Desmond Carrington.

Tony left the BBC in February after Director General said his evidence to the Dame Janet Smith inquiry did not match the corporation’s version of events. Since then he has continued to present on commercial stations including KMFM and Bauer’s Greatest Hits network. He also began shows for Thames Radio on DAB in London and Dragon Radio in Wales this year. He’s been broadcasting live from Barbados in the last week too.

Before his dismissal, Tony presented Pick of the Pops on Radio 2, and shows on BBC Local stations including Radio London, Radio Berkshire and Three Counties Radio.

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