Eamonn Holmes replaced by Dan Wootton on talkRADIO

The Sun’s Executive Editor Dan Wootton is to replace Eamonn Holmes on talkRADIO Drive from February 2020.

Dan has hosted a weekly weekend show on the digital station since March 2018, and more recently Friday Drive, but will now be promoted to a full-time show, whilst continuing his work on the newspaper.

Wireless CEO Scott Taunton said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that he has committed to expanding his contribution to talkRADIO, bringing his insider take on the day’s news and the best guests from his bulging contacts book, as the station continues to drive record growth.

And talking about Eamonn leaving the weekday schedule, Scott added: “Eamonn Holmes is a broadcasting legend. He’s been with us at talkRADIO since it launched and has played a huge part in the growth of the station. While I appreciate his schedule is a busy one, I’m delighted that he will remain part of the family.”

Dan said: “I’m so excited to take on an expanded role at News UK, and build on the excitement and energy I’ve enjoyed so much on my weekly show on talkRADIO. Eamonn is broadcasting royalty, and I’ve learned so much from him. It’s an absolute privilege to be able to carry on the conversation at DriveTime, building on Eamonn’s amazing success.

“My show will have the breaking news of the day and the biggest newsmakers, combined with feisty political debate and A-list guests. Of course I will continue my role at The Sun too, with my weekly opinion column running on Fridays.”

talkRADIO is rumoured to be changing its name in the coming months and has recently introduced new imaging.

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  1. Joe Smith says

    To be fair a pot plant would be an improvement over Eamonn Holmes.

  2. Mark Budgen says

    Probably be renamed talkTORY. 24 hours Conservative party propaganda, direct from CCHQ, via Rupert Murdoch’s own office.

    1. mb23 says

      Perhaps The Guardian could launch their own radio group. They could call it GMG Radio.

      1. Mark Budgen says

        is that the Lib Dem supporting Grauniad?

      2. Mr Boltar says

        SJW Radio would be more appropriate.

    2. Joe Smith says

      Absolutely. Every radio station in the country broadcasts non-stop Tory propaganda doesn’t it?

      Meanwhile back in the real world.

  3. KD says

    Brilliant news about Dan and great to have a radio station that allows centre right views to be heard as well as socialists and meat free snowflakes.

    1. Mark Budgen says

      what you mean like London’s Biggest Conservatives? Where are the left wing stations because I don’t hear any.

      1. Joe Smith says

        It’s a national disgrace isn’t it? have you considered writing to your MP about it?

  4. Spencer Payne says

    Will anyone notice? Eamon was always off anyway

  5. Radio Fader says

    Notice that Dan didn’t use the overused and cringeworthy line “I can’t wait to get started” as part of the PR.


  6. James h says

    Be a disaster to re rand talk radio leave it as it is if it ain’t broke don’t fix it !

    At least it’s better than L B C

    1. Darren Higgins says

      To be fair the Labour party does have it’s own broadcasting platforms.
      From Russia Today. through to Press TV and not forgetting the BBC.
      And the support of various terrorist networks.
      As for this story i couldn’t give a f¥¢k.

  7. Ste says


    1. rob says

      One of the highest paid broadcasters in the country, that’s who!!

  8. Mike says

    Private Eye will have a field day with this news.

  9. Mr Boltar says

    Of all the presenters they could choose they chose one who sounds like Larry Grayson on a really camp day and should really be limited to a sleb gossip and/or fashion slot. Why on earth didn’t they drag Paul Ross back off the graveyard shift on talkSport or re-hire Jake Yapp? Or frankly anyone Global has let go recently. They’d all be far better broadcasters.

  10. Joe O' Connor says

    TalkTory is losing listeners anyway?

  11. Joe O' Connor says

    Have just read on The Independent website that Murdoch is launching a new tory talk station The Times in direct competition with Radio 4. A new home for that tory supporter Laura Kunnesberg I expect! The assault on the BBC has just begun

    1. Mr Boltar says

      Wonder if they’ll call it Radio Times? 🙂

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