Laverne to replace Keaveny on 6 Music Breakfast

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Big changes at 6 Music have been announced to staff this morning, with Lauren Laverne set to take over the breakfast show from Shaun Keaveny.

The former Radio 1 and Xfm presenter has been hosting mid-mornings since 2009 and will move shows early in the new year.

Shaun Keaveny joined BBC Radio 6 Music in 2007 and presented the late evening show for a few months before starting Breakfast on 2 April 2007. He’ll move to weekday afternoons, accompanied by Music News presenter Matt Everitt.

In other changes, Mary Anne Hobbs moves from the weekend breakfast show to weekday mid-mornings and Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie will be at the helm of a brand new Weekend Breakfast Show, moving from weekday afternoons.

There will be a new start and finish time for the weekday Breakfast Show, so Chris Hawkins’ Early Breakfast will be extended by 30 minutes. Steve Lamacq’s show will stay in its regular weekday slot, and the evening schedule remains.

Paul Rodgers, Head of 6 Music, says: “Much-loved presenters playing amazing music is at the heart of what 6 Music does, and these schedule changes will help deliver an even greater range of music on the station across daytime and weekends.”

Lauren Laverne says: “I’m so excited about our new show and delighted to be part of the next phase of 6 Music’s evolution. Whatever the day brings for our listeners we intend to get them ready for it with a fantastic selection of music and guests who have something worth hearing to say. I can’t wait to get started!”

Mary Anne Hobbs says: “I am delighted to have been given such a unique opportunity to build on my great passion for new music. It’s a dream job.”

Shaun Keaveny says: “The last 11 years, four months and three days of breakfast radio has allowed me to create an entire world of daftness, aided and abetted by my most wonderful listeners, who I’m chuffed to be able to leave in the care of my relay partner, Lauren Laverne.

“Breakfast radio has reduced me to the kind of person that cries at traffic lights and remonstrates with shopping trolleys, so I give joyful thanks for the opportunity to take my show into the afternoons and sleep past 5.13am. There I’ll try my best to eventually build a show that’s a worthy successor to the legacy of Mark and Stuart, two of my genuinely favourite broadcasters.”

Mark Radcliffe says: “With kids at university to support, I’m still going to be gainfully employed on Weekend Breakfast which means I stay at 6 Music, a station I love, and continue what’s been a really creative partnership with Stuart. Last time I did a breakfast show it was little short of disastrous and so this time I’m looking forward to making a better fist of it. What could possibly go wrong?”

Stuart Maconie says: “Ever since humanity first emerged from the primeval swamp and looked questioningly and fearfully towards the stars, a restless desire for change has been part of our DNA, and the scheduling of BBC radio programmes is no exception. I see the move of Radcliffe and Maconie to weekend mornings as part of the ceaseless turbine of progress that drives us all, somewhere between Elon Musk’s tiny submarines and landing on the moon. I am looking forward to it immensely.”

The station will be inviting both in-house BBC production teams and independent radio production companies to help shape these new shows in a special commissioning round which will open at 1pm on Thursday 9 August.



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7 Comments
  1. Ben Tucker says

    Loved listening to Shaun in the morning, being my 7am alarm. Disappointed that he’ll be moving from that slot; while I wish Lauren well, I’ll be changing my morning listening habits

  2. neal says

    BBC Playing the PC game again. But hey as I’m forever being told regardless of anything lets just move with the times

    1. Alex says

      You’re basing this, without proof, purely on the fact that she’s a woman? It has nothing to do with her popularity, profile, experience or ability?

      1. Mike says

        The proof is there for all to see (hear). She already has a show! Pay attention, man..

  3. Frances Taylor says

    To sum up BBC executive philosophy in the current craven, paranoid W1A atmosphere: All Men Are Rapists.

    Therefore, all senior jobs have to go to wimmin, however dreary or mediocre. Or you must be one of the enemy and will be forced out.

    Ironically, this shows contempt for what female listeners want. Guardianistas assume they all want female DJs. And suppress the fact the less vocal mass of women, outside Islington, generally choose males.

    Congratulations on the record listenership, RadMac…

  4. Radio Geordie says

    Here’s a bit of free advice for the BBC. If it ain’t broke, don’t try & fix it.

    This is typical of the BBC, especially at a time when the station has just received its highest ever listening figures. Did they not learn anything when they made changes to Radio 2? and lost listeners. Yes, they made changes to Radio 1, but this was down to losing listeners.

    Yes, Radio 1 losing listeners is a problem. The other stations weren’t and didn’t need changing.

    The problem with Radio 1, is Radio 1 Xtra. They’re both aimed AT THE SAME AUDIENCE.

    Do you really need a comments page of websites like this to spell it out for you. If you want to regain your Radio 1 audience, merge it with the digital sister station.

  5. Mike says

    Bah! I love listening to Radcliffe and Maconie at work. And I don’t work at the weekends. Their main listening group, (as evidenced from the phone calls they receive) is made up of people like me – getting on a bit and working for themselves. I will miss them greatly. It’s always the same: Find something good and it gets taken away. The BBC is supposed to be a Public Service Broadcaster, giving us what we want. Listening figures prove we like it the way it is, but as usual they think they know better..

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