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Mayo drives Radio 2 home

Simon Mayo will be BBC Radio 2’s new Drivetime presenter from January 2010, he’ll replace Chris Evans who moves to take over from Terry Wogan on Breakfast.

Mayo will still continue to present an expanded film programme with Mark Kermode on Friday afternoons on Radio 5 Live.

Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Simon as a permanent fixture on the network. Simon's range as an entertainment broadcaster is broad and rich, making him the perfect host of Radio 2's Drivetime programme."

Adrian Van-Klaveren, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, writing on www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/5live, added: "Simon's programme has been one of 5 Live's greatest successes over the last nine years, steadily building a reputation as a home of intelligent conversation and entertainment as well as the afternoon's news and sport."

Simon Mayo said: "It's a fantastic thrill to be given one of the iconic Radio 2 shows like Drivetime, succeeding greats like John Dunn, Johnnie Walker and Chris Evans. It's like winning the double to be able to continue with Mark to present on Fridays on Radio 5 Live."

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