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BBC 6 Music recruits Cocker

Former Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker is to host a new Sunday afternoon show on BBC 6 Music from the New Year.

He will replace Stephen Merchant, and use the two hour slot to broadcast "hare-brained schemes and beautiful, beautiful music".

Cocker told PA that his new 6 Music mid-afternoon show between 3pm and 5pm is a "dream slot".

"It's that weird time when one week's effectively over and yet the new one's not yet begun – the 'limbo-hours' if you like. It is my intention to fill these hours with as much dodgy opinion, crackpot theories, hare-brained schemes & beautiful, beautiful music as is humanly possible."

Bob Shennan, controller of 6 Music and Radio 2, said: "Jarvis just loves music. He's an iconic figure so he's perfect for Sundays on 6 Music."

"It's a great honour to be working for the BBC, which I consider to be the greatest broadcaster in the world," Cocker added.

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