Sara Cox to present new BBC Radio 2 weekday Drivetime show

Sara Cox to present new BBC Radio 2 weekday Drivetime show

BBC Radio 2 is set to ring the changes with a new schedule for New Year.

Sara Cox, who currently presents the 10pm to midnight show each Monday to Thursday, will present a brand new weekday Drivetime show on BBC Radio 2 from 5-7pm. 

Cox succeeds Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo, who currently present each weekday, and follows the announcement that Simon Mayo will be leaving Radio 2, and Jo Whiley will be launching a new Monday to Thursday show from 7-9pm. 

“I’ve been proud to be part of the Radio 2 family for a few years now and the opportunity to present such a big show as Drivetime - playing fantastic music and hopefully making people smile as they cook tea or head home after a day’s graft - is the icing on what is already a very brilliant cake," said Cox. "I’m beyond chuffed to be given this role and to directly quote my mum on hearing the good news, it is indeed ‘fandabbyruddydozy’.”

Trevor Nelson will now move his Rhythm Nation show from Saturday nights (8-10pm) to each Monday to Thursday night from 10pm-midnight. Nelson will continue to present on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Saturday and Sunday 4-7pm. 

Nelson said: "To present eight hours a week of the music I love on BBC Radio 2 is a dream come true for me.   I’ll be introducing tracks from some soul stars of the future, as well as playing some of my favourite songs from the past 50 years of dance music, from Motown to the present day."

Radio 2 head Lewis Carnie said: "Sara is hugely popular with the Radio 2 audience and I have every confidence that she’ll make the new Drivetime show her very own. Trevor is one of the leading lights in soul music in the UK, and he’ll bring his curated blend of music to Monday to Thursday nights, which I know our listeners will love. With Zoe Ball at Breakfast and Jo Whiley from 7-9pm each weekday, 2019 looks to be an extremely exciting year for Radio 2."    

The host of the Saturday night 8-10pm slot will be announced in due course.

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