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Wossy gets a warm welcome back to BBC Radio 2

Jonathan Ross, currently covering for Steve Wright in the Afternoon on Radio 2, is getting a much better reception than last time he was on the network.

A single post on Facebook posted Wednesday afternoon has received almost 500 likes and around 250 comments – the majority of which are welcoming him back to Radio 2. The post lets listeners know Jonathan is sitting in for Steve for the rest of the week.

But even more surprising is the amount of people preferring him over regular host Steve Wright.

“Glad to have you back on Radio 2, Jonathan. You did a bad thing but you paid the price & it’s a long time ago. You’re a pro and R2 is better when you’re on.”

“Welcome back Jonathan grin emoticon The trouble with Steve Wright is that he thinks he’s still ‘down with the kids’ when in actual fact the ‘kids’ have grown up and listen to a different type of music now, the kids he thinks he is playing to are over listening to Radio 1.”

“Please keep him on permanently. He is so much better than boring Steve Wright.”

“I used to like Steve Wright but his format is the same as he was doing when I was in my teenage years and I am nearly 45. It’s outdated but he still thinks he is bang up to date. Wrong. It’s old hat now and has been for ages.”

Jonathan Ross left the BBC in 2010 after Sachsgate but has been back on BBC Radio 2 covering programmes in recent months – with his first return show generating more negative comments than positive.

They are not all complimentary towards Wossy of course, with one saying: “Rather hammer nails through my eardrums then pour salt into them than listen to Jonathon Ross.”

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BBC allowed to premier radio shows online

A number of radio programmes on Radio 4 and other BBC stations will be made available online up to seven days before broadcast, under plans approved by the BBC Trust.

The plans have been approved as part of the Trust’s service review of Radio 4, 5live, and their digital sister stations Radio 4 Extra and 5live Sports Extra, and apply only to speech radio. The review asked audiences for their views on the stations, with over 5,000 people taking part in a public consultation plus audience research with 2,000 people across the country.

The approval of ‘online premiering’ is in place with immediate effect and while the BBC expects that it will mostly be used by Radio 4, all other BBC radio stations will, except for 5live Sports Extra whose output is entirely live, be able to premiere some speech programmes online first. The approval does not apply to music output.

The service review also found Radio 4 audiences are most likely to describe it as ‘informative’, ‘high quality’, and ‘intelligent’. Radio 4 Extra is appreciated by audiences for programmes they can’t find anywhere else, whilst 5live audiences appreciate its accessible, different and quality news, and its current affairs programming. Its international news coverage of events such as the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris was also praised by listeners.

5live’s sports coverage is praised by audiences, with an average of 3.7 million listeners each week and four out of five listeners rating it as good, although audiences have fallen slightly while there has been a 26% increase in use of BBC sport online. 5live’s role is primarily as a news service and the Trust has asked the BBC to consider the way it positions and promotes the station to reflect this.

BBC Trustee Elan Closs Stephens, who oversaw the Trust’s review, said: “The BBC was built on its radio services, and the continued success of Radio 4 and 5live are testament to the quality of what they continue to provide millions of listeners with every day. As more people go online for news and sport, the BBC must make sure it’s continuing to provide what they want, so we’ve approved some changes to help with this and we’ll expect the stations to continue to develop what they’re offering online.”

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