Thursday 13 December 2018

'Dream come true' for Angela Scanlon as she bags her own show on BBC Radio 2

Angela Scanlon (Doug Peters/PA)
Angela Scanlon (Doug Peters/PA)

Angela Scanlon will be having some very early Saturday nights (or very early Sunday mornings) from now on as she has landed her own show on BBC Radio 2.

The Dubliner will easy listeners to the most-listened to UK radio station into the day from 4am to 6am every Sunday as part of the new spring schedule.

“Joining the Radio 2 team is a dream come true, lazy Sunday morning radio is my favourite. Now all I have to do is stay awake!” she said.

Angela, presents Robot Wars on BBC Two with Dara O Briain, is part of a brand new line up on Radio 2 for the new season which sees several female voices in new slots.

Programme Name: Robot Wars - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Angela Scanlon - (C) Mentorn Media Scotland - Photographer: Alan Peebles
Programme Name: Robot Wars - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Angela Scanlon - (C) Mentorn Media Scotland - Photographer: Alan Peebles

The schedule also features a new early evening show fronted by Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo which will kick off in May.

“Although we’ve known each other for over 20 years, we’ve never presented a show together. And given that Jo is quite brilliant, it’s high-time we put that right.” said Simon.

Jo added, “What a thrill to be working with Simon on this exciting new show. It’s going to be great fun and listeners can look forward to some incredible music and chat, as well as being introduced to some fantastic new talent along the way. Cannot wait!”

Sara Cox will front a new live show from 10pm to midnight from Monday 14 May, which play out every Monday to Thursday.

Angela Scanlon announced she's expecting. Picture: Instagram
Angela Scanlon announced she's expecting. Picture: Instagram

Another new addition to Radio 2 is Welsh singer Cerys Matthews who will host a new blues show every Monday.  Her BBC Radio 6 Music Sunday morning show has the highest single show listenership on the network and she also already hosts a monthly programme, BBC Music On The World Service With Cerys Matthews.  She'll take over from Paul Jones who is leaving the BBC.

A new 26-part rock series hosted by Johnnie Walker will be broadcast on Monday nights from 9pm-10pm.  Johnnie will share the 9pm Monday night slot with Jools Holland, whose show moves up from 11pm.

Joining Angela on Sundays will be Ana Matronic whose show Disco Devotion will expand to encompass all forms of dance music and will air from 12am to 2am.

Angela recently revealed that she and husband Roy Horgan are expecting a baby together.

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