Kate Lawler to replace Matt Richardson on Virgin Radio Drive

Virgin Radio is making a few changes to its weekday schedule as Matt Richardson leaves to focus on his comedy career.

Afternoon presenter Kate Lawler is replacing Matt on Drive, with Tim Cocker moving up from evenings to take over Kate’s slot.

Kate said: ”Virgin Radio has an amazing buzz about it. With the legend that is Chris Evans getting the nation to work from Monday to Friday, it’s an absolute privilege to be entrusted with getting them home again at the other end of the day. I’m soooo excited to be bringing more rock and roll to the radio at drivetime!”

Matt commented: “It’s been an absolute blast but comedy is and always has been my first love, and the Siren song of Edinburgh was just too strong. I’ve had a great ride doing Drive from the top of the News Tower and I’m delighted to hand the keys over to Kate.”

Changes happen on Monday 5th August with Steve Denyer covering evenings for the time being.

Mike Cass, Virgin Radio Content Director, said: “Chris Evans has introduced a huge new audience to Virgin Radio, and it’s clear they like what they hear. It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome Kate to drive. She’s an extremely talented broadcaster whose infectious energy and fun will, I’m sure, build the audience in the slot.”

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5 Comments
  1. Joe Smith says

    Who? replaces who?

  2. Stephen barnes says

    Tim cockers doing kates afternoon show. Not announced the new evening show yet. Tim cockers great lost his xfm breakfast show when it rebranded to national radio x definitely better than Chris moyles

  3. Steve Michaels says

    Makes you laugh – this is NOT an industry built on merit or talent, this is who is mates with who. Welcome Mr Cass and Mr Denyer.

    1. Nathan Pierce says

      With these schedule changes, hopefully this means that we get to hear a different jingle package not saying “The Chris Evans Breakfast Show” like before “The Best Music, All Day”.

      And a more variety of music – The Virgin Radio No Repeat Workday.

      Presenters overnight

      And The Kate Lawler Drivetime Show has got to be different, like Chris’ Show with guests, variety of music, a cracking news and travel team. They’ve got to fight for a great drive show!

  4. Iusedtoworkinradio says

    I’ve worked with Kate and she was the hardest working presenter in the building. Naturally very funny too – she deserves every success.

    This isn’t Kate btw haha.

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