BBC Radio 2 has unveiled schedule changes including new programmes and series, as well as a refresh of its specialist music programming.
Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley have been paired for drivetime show, which will launch on May 14 from 5-8pm.
Whiley said: “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."
Sara Cox will front a new live show from 10pm to midnight every Monday to Thursday.
Cox said: "I’m beyond excited to be hosting a brand new show for Radio 2. It’ll be the best place for listeners to meet at the end of the day for a good chinwag and to have a laugh. Like any party, my favourite people will be swinging by to join in the fun in the studio but the listeners at home are the real guests of honour and I’ll be playing them the most brilliant music and doing my best to entertain them."
Sounds of the 80s will remain on Friday nights and be hosted by Gary Davies.
Lewis Carnie, head of Radio 2, said: “These changes herald another stage of the evolution of Radio 2. Simon and Jo are two of the network’s most popular presenters, and I’m delighted that they will unite in this exciting partnership to present a new show. Sara’s new evening show will provide the network, for the first time in many years, with a truly interactive show to end the day.”
The network’s specialist music offer will also be refreshed. Cerys Matthews joins Radio 2 as the host of a new live blues show each Monday at 8pm.
A new 26-part rock series hosted by Johnnie Walker will be broadcast on Monday nights from 9pm.