Rylan will be replacing Zoe Ball, who is moving to host the weekday Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
Rylan says: “I’m so excited and honoured to be joining the BBC Radio 2 family. After stepping in for the amazing Zoe Ball over the summer, working with her fantastic team, I’m thrilled that I’ll be working with them again to fill listeners’ Saturday afternoons with fun, great music and a lot of laughter. I wish Zoe every success as the station’s new Breakfast Show host and I’m sure she’s going to be as brilliant as she always has been. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to being in the studio from the New Year.”
Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 says: “I’m delighted that Rylan can join Radio 2 and we will give him a warm welcome in his new presenting role. Our listeners can expect a wonderful mix of fun and Rylan’s inimitable style on Saturday afternoons.”
Since coming fifth on The X Factor in 2012, Rylan won Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 and has been a presenter across TV and radio. Earlier this year, Rylan joined Radio 1’s Scott Mills as the co-host of BBC Four’s Eurovision coverage out in Lisbon, following his appearance as a guest judge on the BBC’s Eurovision: You Decide. Rylan was nominated for Best Presenter at the 2016 and 2017 National Television Awards and won the title of Radio Times TV Presenter Champion 2017.
He is also the host of Step Back in Time with Rylan Clark-Neal, a six part series created especially for BBC Sounds, which launches on 16 November 2018. Rylan invites a showbiz pal into his time-machine to whizz back to a momentous year from the 80s, 90s or 00s for a celebration of its pop culture highlights. Each year is sprinkled with era-defining music, television, adverts, toys and tech, along with all-but-forgotten gems, surprise reunions and offbeat recollections.
In other changes to the Radio 2 schedule, The Radio 2 Rock Show with Johnnie Walker and Jools Holland’s show will now move from Monday nights at 9pm to Saturday nights at 8pm. Each of the shows will be broadcast alternately in quarterly series throughout the year. The Johnnie Walker Rock Show draws on the Radio 2 audience’s deep love of rock music in its many and varied forms as well as on Johnnie’s experience at the helm of the scene for decades. Recently he was joined on the show by Joe Elliott and Glen Matlock. On his Radio 2 show, Jools Holland shares some of his favourite music and is joined each week by the rhythm section of his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with guests dropping in to talk and jam. Recent guests on Jools’ show have included Ray Davies of The Kinks, Elvis Costello and Hailey Tuck.
Also moving from 9pm on weeknights, Radio 2’s one-hour specials and presenter-led genre programmes, which have previously included Levi Roots on Reggae, Top Brass with James Morrison and Will Young’s Essential R&B, will now be broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays at 9pm.
Clare Teal will continue to bring the best in swing and big band in a new hour long format to Radio 2 listeners on Sunday nights 10pm. Moira Stuart and Don Black will continue to share the 11pm Sunday evening slot bringing the best in laid back jazz and classic songwriting to the Radio 2 audience.
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