Another pop-up station from BBC Radio 2 will broadcast on DAB next month, with the return of Radio 2 Eurovision.
The station will be on-air from midday Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd and 10am across the weekend of May 23rd and 24th with a mix of live shows, interviews and music in the 60th anniversary year of the famous competition.
On the day of the final on Saturday 23 May, two shows will be simulcast with Radio 2. BBC One Eurovision host Graham Norton’s morning programme will air on both networks between 10am and 1pm with the build-up to the evening’s main event live from this year’s host city, Vienna. Then from 8pm the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 goes live from the Austrian capital as the competition gets underway.
Led by Brett Spencer – Editor, Digital, Popular Music, and Helen Thomas – Editor, Radio 2, the pop-up service will feature shows hosted by Scissor Sisters star Ana Matronic, Paddy O’Connell, Scott Mills, Sara Cox, Ken Bruce, Steve Wright, Maria McErlane, Tony Blackburn, Sonia, Rufus Hound, Vanessa Feltz and Sir Terry Wogan.
Bob Shennan, Controller, Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and Director, BBC Music says: “I’m delighted to announce the return of Radio 2 Eurovision – the station’s third digital radio pop-up service – a carefully curated schedule of programmes featuring the best of Eurovision past and present that’s guaranteed to satisfy even the most dedicated of Eurovision fans. Each year, the competition unites the country and I’m proud to be offering listeners a truly digital experience once again with coverage across Radio 2 and its complementary pop-up service Radio 2 Eurovision.”
The first of Radio 2’s pop-up digital radio service was last year’s Eurovision pop-up which led to the launch of Radio 2 Country, which went live in March to coincide with C2C Country to Country Festival 2015 at London’s O2.