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post Oct 22 2018, 09:41 AM
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From Radio Today:- https://radiotoday.co.uk/2018/10/drivetime-...leaves-radio-2/

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Simon Mayo is leaving BBC Radio 2 later this year and the station will get a new drivetime show, as Jo Whiley moves back to evenings from January 2019.

The pair have been hosting the 5-8pm slot since earlier this year, with listeners expressing dissatisfaction since the change.

Mayo will leave Radio 2 after 8 years on a daily show, but will continue to co-host the Kermode and Mayo Film Review on 5 live on Friday afternoons.

In a series of tweets, he wrote: ďSo. A few things to say. Very sadly, I have decided to move on from Radio 2. Sad to leave the show, sad to leave Jo, sad to leave Wogan House (I thought Iíd be dragged out aged 120). But circumstances change. Juggling my writing and radio has become increasingly tricky (a nice problem to have). Iíve just signed a new 2 book deal with the nice folk at Transworld and theyíll be expecting something half decent before too long. On top of that my Itch books are about to be filmed for television in Australia and the work turning Mad Blood Stirring into a movie continues apace.

I know, I know, Iím as surprised at this turn of events as you. But at my grand old age to be setting off on these brand new trails is enormous fun. And all the more so for being so unexpected.There are, however, only so many hours in a day. Iíll continue with the (flagship) film show on 5Live with Mark Kermode and, beyond that, other radio adventures beckon! But for now itís just the sadness of leaving. Radio 2 has been a wonderful place for me-my happiest radio I think. Our listeners are really quite extraordinary. One other thing. Maybe it needs to be said, maybe not but so there is no room for argument Iíll be clear. Iíve loved working with the exceptional Jo Whiley and when the show was Ďreconfiguredí she was my first and only choice. Some of the abuse she has had here has been appalling. Support for a show is one thing, assaulting the dignity of a warm-hearted and loyal friend is another. So by all means discuss whatís happening here, but letís keep some civility. Thank you. Here endeth the lesson. And (one very final thing), as anyone who has worked here will attest, the producers and APs are a class apart. Brilliant production teams make our jobs a joy. Thanks to each and every one. Onwards.Ē

In the BBC press release, Simon says: ďObviously, Iím very sad to be leaving Radio 2, and my good friend Jo. However, 2019 looks like being incredibly exciting for me. I have a new two book deal with Transworld, my childrenís series Itch is being filmed for TV in Australia in early 2019, and Iím continuing to develop my novel Mad Blood Stirring for a movie with screenwriter Jack Thorne. Plus the film show with Mark Kermode continues on 5 live. Radio 2 has been a quite wonderful experience Ė my happiest in radio I think Ė but new adventures beckon and I cannot wait to get started.Ē

Jo Whiley will launch a brand new show in January from 7-9pm, Monday Ė Thursday, featuring Ďthe very best new music and amazing live sessionsí. Jo will continue to present the Radio 2 In Concert series and will also be standing in for Ken Bruce in 2019 when he is away.

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 said: ďSimon is a fantastic broadcaster, and Iíd like to thank him for entertaining millions of Radio 2 listeners with his wit and warmth over the years. Everyone at the station wishes Simon the very best of luck for what promises to be a very exciting future, and heíll be missed at Wogan House. With Simon leaving, weíve taken this opportunity to take a fresh look at the schedule, and create a show for Jo which will focus on her passion for music.Ē

Jo said: ďIím incredibly sad that Simon has decided to leave Radio 2. Heís a brilliant broadcaster, a great friend and I really will miss working with him. However, Iím very much looking forward to hosting a new show for a new year which will have music at the very heart of it as well as guests and live sessions. Dream show, actually. Canít wait!Ē

Bob Shennan, Director, BBC Radio and Music (and former Controller, Radio 2) said: ďI brought both Simon and Jo in to Radio 2 many years ago, and they have been fantastic keystones in the Radio 2 schedule. I wish Simon good luck with his forthcoming projects, and congratulate Jo on her new show, which I look forward to listening to in January.Ē

Simon joined Radio 2 to host the Album Chart Show in 2001, alongside his afternoon show on 5 live. Before that he had been at Radio 1 since the late 80s.
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post Oct 22 2018, 09:46 AM
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That's a shame, Simon Mayo is the only R2 presenter I like, there goes the Confessions podcast. sad.gif

At least he'll still be on Wittertainment.
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post Oct 22 2018, 10:08 AM
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Jo will be launching 'a new show' that is exactly the same as the previous show she did laugh.gif
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post Oct 22 2018, 10:17 AM
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QUOTE(lewistscream @ Oct 22 2018, 11:08 AM) *
Jo will be launching 'a new show' that is exactly the same as the previous show she did laugh.gif


This is exactly what I was thinking laugh.gif

Why they canít just accept the new show didnít work and say it is beyond me.
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post Oct 22 2018, 02:00 PM
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I saw this coming from a mile off when they were put together on Drivetime, especially with the volley of bad feeling on a daily basis that flooded in across Radio 2's socials. I personally thought they were OK, not ground breaking but they weren't as bad as people made them out to be.

I'd actually love to see someone like Ore Oduba get the Drivetime slot. He did an amazing job covering for Claudia Winkleman and Steve Wright last year and has a nice easy style on the radio.
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post Oct 22 2018, 02:10 PM
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Will be interesting to see their RAJAR figures on Thursday. Quite suprised that they havenít waited until then to make this announcement!

I think the drivetime slot will go to a female presenter. Sara Cox seems to be the obvious shout.
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post Oct 22 2018, 04:17 PM
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QUOTE(lewistscream @ Oct 22 2018, 11:08 AM) *
Jo will be launching 'a new show' that is exactly the same as the previous show she did laugh.gif

I'd started to think that I'd somehow got it wrong when I thought that was her previous show laugh.gif

Simon Mayo's comments are interesting on a day when MPs from all parties have followed Nicola Sturgeon in condemning some of the language used by some MPs against Theresa May.
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post Oct 23 2018, 01:43 PM
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Shame to see Simon Mayo go, liked him on Radio 2.
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post Oct 23 2018, 05:39 PM
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[quote name='TS0301' post='6106773' date='Oct 22 2018, 11:17 AM']This is exactly what I was thinking laugh.gif


Hell will freeze over before they'll admit they were wrong.


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It's a shame, as he's rather decent. Oh well, at least he's not leaving the BBC entirely.

Oh, and hello to Jason Isaacs.
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post Oct 29 2018, 08:46 AM
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Sara Cox will move to Drivetime with Trevor Nelsonís Rhythm Nation moving from Saturday nights to Monday - Thursday 10pm - midnight:- https://radiotoday.co.uk/2018/10/sara-cox-t...on-bbc-radio-2/
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post Oct 29 2018, 02:55 PM
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QUOTE(gavindeejay @ Oct 29 2018, 08:46 AM) *
Sara Cox will move to Drivetime with Trevor Nelsonís Rhythm Nation moving from Saturday nights to Monday - Thursday 10pm - midnight:- https://radiotoday.co.uk/2018/10/sara-cox-t...on-bbc-radio-2/


Excellent choices - I love Coxy and Trevor Nelson. Very sensible scheduling decisions from Bob Shennan biggrin.gif
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