Dermot O’Leary hosts his last Radio 2 afternoon show
Dermot O’Leary has hosted his last Saturday afternoon show on Radio 2, ahead of a number of changes at the station.
The Saturday afternoon slot has been presented by Dermot for over 12 years, and Dermot made a big deal of the changes during his show yesterday, 21st January, finishing with a ‘best of’ package highlighting previous features, guests and live music.
Dermot confirmed he is moving to a new show on the station “in a month or so”, but said he could not say which show this would be.
Back in September, the RadioTimes ran a story saying Dermot was moving to Saturday breakfast, 8am till 10am, replacing Sounds of the 60s. But in a statement at the time, Radio 2 said Sounds of the 60s remained a key part of Saturday mornings with no plans to change it. The station also said in September that Dermot would be remaining in the Saturday afternoon slot – which we now know is not true.
Brian Matthew has not been on Sounds of the 60s since November 19th 2016 due to ill health, with Tim Rice filling in.
Meanwhile, Chris Evans made an on-air pitch to be the host of a new Sounds of the 90s slot during his breakfast show on Thursday morning. There are also reports that Zoe Ball could take over Dermot’s Saturday afternoon show. Jo Whiley is on the schedule to cover the 3-6pm slot next week on 28th January.
BBC Radio 2 has told RadioToday an announcement will be made in due course.
Thanks for all the lovely messages re: @BBCRadio2 today, For our last show in our current slot. Be back with a new show in a month or so. X
— Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) January 21, 2017