Radio 2 to launch pop-up DAB for Eurovision
A temporary digital radio station will appear on DAB during the Eurovision Song Contest this year, run by BBC Radio 2.
News of the new station was announced by Graham Norton during his regular Saturday morning show on the station today. It will broadcast for four days from May 8th.
Radio 2 Eurovision will “celebrate this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and complement the output on BBC Radio 2 and TV networks BBC One and BBC Three.”
The national station will air from midday to midnight over the four days of transmission, except Saturday 10 May, when it will be simulcast with Radio 2 from 10am to 1pm with Graham Norton’s regular weekly show, when he will be live on air from this year’s host city, Copenhagen.
It will feature shows presented by Radio 4’s Paddy O’Connell, Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Radio 2’s Maria McErlane, Ken Bruce, Terry Wogan, who presented Eurovision TV commentary from 1973 to 2008, and Michael Ball.
Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and Director of Music, says: “Every year, Eurovision is a moment that unites many people around the UK, as well as Europe. I’m proud to be offering a truly digital experience in 2014 with coverage across Radio 2 and Radio 2 Eurovision on digital radio. And we have an incredible line-up of presenting talent, bringing all the excitement, sartorial disasters and musical catastrophes to our listeners”.