BBC Radio 2 has announced Claudia Winkleman as Graham Norton’s replacement on Saturday mornings from next February.
The BBC says Claudia’s Saturday 10am-1pm show will ‘welcome some of the world’s most popular stars to Wogan House for a chat against a backdrop of a brilliant mix of music and musings of the day’.
Claudia says: “I’m not often speechless but the chance to be with the wonderful Radio 2 listeners every Saturday has left me, quite frankly, gobsmacked. I hope my voice comes back in time for the first show as I can no longer simply rely on a fake tan and a fringe. There’s nobody I’d rather be with at the weekend, it’s a privilege and an honour.”
Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2, says: “As Claudia is one of the UK’s best loved entertainers and a firm favourite with our listeners, I’m over the moon that she’ll be bringing her enormous warmth and wit to Saturday mornings on Radio 2.”
Graham Norton was quick to tweet after the news was revealed, saying: “Congratulations @ClaudiaWinkle You’ll love it!! Welcome to @BBCRadio2 Saturday mornings!!”
Claudia has been with Radio 2 since 2008 – she hosted a comedy quiz series called Hot Gossip before moving to Friday nights to host the Claudia Winkleman Arts Show. Claudia has most recently presented Claudia on Sunday (7-9pm) and she has also deputised for Ken Bruce, Steve Wright and Sara Cox.
Claudia Winkleman will be the new host of Radio 2's Saturday morning show (10am-1pm) from February 2021 ? pic.twitter.com/6Y393zhVMk
— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) November 23, 2020
— graham norton (@grahnort) November 23, 2020
The BEST news…as a massive fan of Graham I was a little wibbly of belly about who was taking over his sat morning @BBCRadio2 show so absolutely over the moon & thrice round Uranus that it’s Claudia Winkles – funny, very smart, witty, great interviewer – perfect choice ??????
— sara cox (@sarajcox) November 23, 2020