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Sixties singer Marianne Faithfull and reggae DJ David Rodigan are to present four shows each for digital station BBC Radio 6 Music.
The programmes, titled ‘A Month of Sundays’, will feature music from their own record collections and will see them share their musical influences with the audience.
BBC Radio 2 has appointed Paul Rodgers as Acting Head of Programmes to cover Lewis Carnie’s temporary move into a TV job.
Rodgers is currently Editor of 6 Music and has previously produced Radio 2 shows including Steve Wright, Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris.
Paul Gambaccini is to present a tribute to singer-songwriter Robin Gibb for BBC Radio 2 tomorrow night, just days after the Bee Gee’s death.
‘Spirit Having Flown: A tribute to Robin Gibb’ will include a selection of songs from his back catalogue and a look back on Robin’s career.
BBC Radio 2 has announced details of its ‘festival in a day’ in London’s Hyde Park later this year, which will feature Jessie J, Status Quo and Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall.
The Live in Hyde Park event attracted 25,000 people last year, and tickets costing £35 each have just gone on sale for the show on Sunday 9th September this year.
Lewis Carnie, Radio 2′s Head of Programmes, is to take up a temporary role with BBC television working on entertainment projects including Eurovision and Children in Need.
The station says it will appoint an Acting Head of Programmes for the rest of the year to cover his work.
BBC Radio 2 is to broadcast coverage of jazz, blues and folk music festivals over the summer months, and has also announced details of new specialist music programmes.
Reggae man David Rodigan and former Pulp and Longpigs musician Richard Hawley are among those doing their own series.
BBC Radio 2 presenter Tony Blackburn is to perform his 1971 single Chop Chop in front of a live audience for the first time in 40 years as part of the station’s 2DAY event.
The Pick of the Pops host will be live in Blackburn, Lancashire for a special programme from a local theatre with Janice Long and Mark Radcliffe on 10th May.
Singers-turned reality TV judges Tom Jones and Jessie J have been announced as part of the line-up for the concert to finish Radio 2′s 2DAY next month.
The 12-hour broadcast sees the station’s schedules turned upside down to showcase some of its specialist output during daytime hours.
BBC Radio 2 lunchtime presenter Jeremy Vine is taking part in a special session for the Radio Academy South West Branch later this month.
The journalist and broadcaster will be in conversation with Academy Chief Executive John Myers in Bristol on 24th April.
Radio 2 is to run its ’2DAY’ schedule shake-up for a second year with a 12-hour specialist takeover on Thursday 10th May.
It follows the mixing up of programmes and presenters for a day last June to show daytime listeners the diverse range of programmes the station offers.
BBC Radio 2 is to air a dance music show on Saturday nights at 10pm from next month, hosted by former Radio 1 DJ Dave Pearce.
Dave Pearce: Dance Years will be a 2-hour show featuring current tracks as well as new mixes and club favourites from the 70s to the present day.
Commercial radio grouphas four nominations in this year’s Music Week Awards, while has two.
BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music go up against, ’s Capital FM, and pair Kerrang! and Wave 105 in the Radio Station of the Year category.
Radio 2 stand-in presenter Liza Tarbuck is getting her first regular show on the station, taking over Saturday evenings from Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes.
She’ll start in the 6-8pm slot from 12th May.
BBC digital radio stations 6 Music and 1Xtra – which celebrate their 10th birthdays this year – have posted record audience sizes in the Q4/11 RAJAR figures.
Radio 4 added half a million listeners over the year, while Chris Moyles’ Radio 1 breakfast show has lost audience compared with this time last year.
Zoe Ball has announced that this weekend’s Saturday breakfast show on Radio 2 was her last.
It’s understood she’ll continue to do cover work for the station but won’t have a regular weekly slot.
Songs of Praise presenter Diane-Louise Joran is to take over as host of BBC Radio 2′s long-running weekly hymns and prayers programme Sunday Half Hour.
It follows the decision of Father Brian D’Arcy to leave the show after five years, with his last show this coming weekend.
Digital station BBC 6Music has re-commissioned The Huey Show – presented by Fun Lovin’ Criminals singer Huey Morgan – for another two years.
The programme, produced independently by Wise Buddah, will now continue in the 1-4pm Sundays slot until 2014.
Producer Paul Thomas is leaving BBC Radio 1 after more than 10 years to oversee output for independent production company Folded Wing and manage its digital projects.
Paul won the BBC’s Best Technical Sound of 2011 Award for his documentary on the Burning Man Festival.
BBC Radio 2 has announced some new comedy commissions – including a sitcom starring Jason Byrne and panel shows about soap operas and the Olympics.
The Pub Olympics will be a 30-minute one-off hosted by’s Dave Gorman and featuring his One Golden Square colleague Geoff Lloyd as well as a handful of comedians.
Bob Holness, who started his broadcasting career in radio, has died in his sleep at the age of 83.
He hosted Late Night Extra on the Light Programme before taking the show to Radio 1 then Radio 2. Bob spent 10 years on LBC before rejoining Radio 2 for 12 years until 1997.
BBC Radio 2 has attracted X Factor judge Louis Walsh to join the Christmas schedule with a one-off programme on Boxing Day.
The Irish music manager will spend two and a half hours picking his favourite songs and singers.
The former Controller of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music Lesley Douglas is joining television production firm Lime Pictures as Chief Executive.
Lime, part of the ALL3MEDIA group, makes shows including Hollyoaks, The Only Way Is Essex and Grange Hill.
The BBC has announced that more than a billion podcast of its radio programmes have been downloaded in the four and a half years since the service launched.
Daily podcasts from the World Service top the chart of most downloaded, while the most popular weekly BBC podcasts include Radio 4 Comedy, Chris Moyles and Mayo & Kermode’s Film Reviews.
Students at the University of Lincoln will be getting a special insight this week into what the radio industry is looking for in the next generation of recruits.
The uni’s visiting professor Trevor Dann has organised an advice day which includes names from Radio 1, Radio 2, Capital FM and BBC Local Radio.
Legendary radio presenter Sir Jimmy Savile will talk about his life in a special documentary for Radio 2 to air on Christmas Day.
Mostly unheard archive material from one of the late Sir Jim’s final interviews, recorded in February this year, will see the broadcaster get the final word on his remarkable life.
Eight special documentaries with the likes of Arlene Phillips, Gloria Estefan and Pete Waterman will feature on BBC Radio 2 this Christmas.
They will all be dance related and run throughout December on the national network.
BBC Radio will be marking Remembrance Week with a season of programmes on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4, as well as a special show on BBC Radio 3.
Special documentaries and musical guests will make up some of the extra output on the networks.
Radio 2′s homecoming gig for Elbow later this week is to be put on a BBC Big Screen for fans to watch in the Manchester’s Exchange Square.
The live ‘In Concert’ show on Thursday night is being performed at Manchester Cathedral for a limited number of the station’s listeners following a ticket ballot.
BBC Radio 2 late night presenter Janice Long has been punched in the face and mugged, with her attacker only robbing a VIP pass for an Echo and the Bunnymen concert.
The bizarre attack, which took place outside Western House on Great Portland Street, was mentioned by Janice on her midnight till 2am show.
BBC Local Radio stations are to share programmes in regional clusters six afternoons a week, under proposals from the corporation’s Delivering Quality First announcement.
In addition the BBC is to end some medium wave and long wave transmissions, while digital station Asian Network sees its budget cut by 34%.