Radio 2 is launching a weekly show dedicated to 1980s music as part of a series of schedule changes.
Sounds Of The 80s, which will complement existing programmes dedicated to the Sixties and Seventies, will be hosted by Sara Cox with the first show airing on Saturday, October 5 between 10pm and midnight.
Cox said: “I'm completely over the moon to be hosting an 80s shindig every Saturday night on Radio 2. Dig out your lace gloves and ra-ra skirts and join me for the best music from the best decade.”
The station's controller Bob Shennan said: “Sounds Of The 80s was a show waiting to happen and I’m happy to be welcoming Sara to Radio 2. Sara has been a regular holiday cover presenter on the network for 18 months and we know the audience have really taken to her. The show will perfectly complement two of the network’s best loved programmes, Sounds of the 60s, presented by Brian Matthew, and Sounds of the 70s, hosted by Johnnie Walker.”
Other changes include Jo Whiley's weekday show extended from 90 minutes to two hours Monday to Thursdays from September 30, while Clare Teal's Sunday night show will be lengthened to run from 9 to 11pm as the station combibes its two big band shows.
Rusesell Davies' 9pm Sunday night show will move to Monday from 11pm to midnight and run 26 weeks a year with Jools Holland occupying the slot for the rest of the year. Nigel Ogden: The Organist Entertains will be moved from 9.30pm Tuesdays to 11pm on Thursday and will be followed at midnight by the Frank Renton-hosted Listen to the Band, which moves from 9.30pm on Wednesdays. The shows replace Steve Lamacq's Rock College, although Radio 2 says Lamacq - also a 6 Music presenter - will return to the station in 2014 to host a series of programmes celebrating Britpop.
Hugh Laurie is joining the station with Hugh Laurie's Blues Chnages, a six-part series looking at blues music and starting on September 23, while in November Radio 2 will mark both the 50th anniversaries of Doctor Who and the death of President Kennedy with latter covered by The Assassination of JFK: Minute by Minute, produced by TBI Media.
Dave Pearce's Dance Years will return for a 13-part series next year.