The BBC announced a major shake-up of Radio 2's scheduling this week.
The BBC has moved to engender a drastic shake-up of the Radio 2 schedule, the British nation’s most listened-to radio station, by increasing the number of female presenters and pulling three of its longest-running arts shows.
The most significant move is that Jo Whiley is to move from her weeknight show to become the co-host of an extended three-hour drivetime programme, from 5pm to 8pm, alongside established host Simon Mayo.
Other changes made as part of the overhaul include former Radio 1 breakfast show host Sara Cox, who is presenting a new 10pm weeknight show, and former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews, who will replace the veteran Paul Jones as host of a live blues show on Mondays.
Jo Whiley at the BBC Music Awards held at the Excel Centre, London, United Kingdom - Monday 12th December 2016
Jo Whiley arrives at the Service of Thanksgiving for Sir Terry Wogan. Friends, Family and colleagues gather at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life of much loved broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan who died January 2016 - Tuesday 27th September 2016
It was another successful year for Sports Relief
Coldplay have got in on the whole Spots Relief shebang by donating a hefty sum to Jo Whiley’s walking challenge, putting £260k toward the Radio 2 DJ’s running task. And lead singer Chris Martin has gone and joined The (American) Voice. Busy times.
Jo Whiley does her bit for charity
Many big stars have been exerting themselves physically in the name of charity, with Davina McCall’s effort sapping everything the presenter had. Jo said: "I have loved my challenge. It has had some highs and lows." It has truly been one of the most amazing experiences ever, but everything was worth it for Sport Relief.”
Continue reading: Coldplay Donate Big Money To Sports Relief, Chris Martin Joins The Voice
"Get your wellies ready," says Win Butler who could be hinting at a Glastonbury show.
Arcade Fire's lead singer Win Butler has hinted that his band are gearing up to play at UK festivals in 2014. Speaking to BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley, Butler cryptically advised that Arcade Fire's fans should "get [their] wellies ready." Asked if any festivals were lined up for next year, he said "Yeah, I hope so. It's a special experience."
Win Butler & Co. Probably Have Their Pick Of The Festivals Right Now.
Butler's teasing comments have sparked speculation that not only will Arcade Fire be present at 2014 festivals in the UK, that they may also be in talks to headline the jewel in the crown of British festivals, Glastonbury.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Drop Huge Glastonbury 2014 Hint: Will They Headline?
Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who. The announcement was made on 'Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor', a special programme broadcast on BBC1 on Sunday 4th August. Celebrity guests included previous Doctor Who actors, their assistants and famous fans of the show.
Peter Capaldi at the 2013 BAFTA's held at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
The show, broadcast on BBC1 at 7pm and BBC America at 2.30pm, was hosted by Zoe Ball and featured appearances by the current Doctor Matt Smith, his assistant Jenna Coleman, Bonnie Langford, Anneke Wills, Katy Manning, Shappi Khorsandi, Professor Brian Cox, Professor Robert Winston, Jo Whiley, Daniel Roche, Lisa Tarbuck, Stephen Hawking, Bernard Cribbins and Rufus Hound. The cast members and celebrity fans discussed their favourite Doctor, the costumes and the process of regeneration.
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Revealed As The Next Time Lord