The move is part of a raft of changes due to come into force in 2019 at 6 Music. Laverne will take over the breakfast show, with current host Shaun Keaveny moving to lunchtimes, while Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie move to the weekend breakfast show.
Hobbs, who currently presents the weekend breakfast slot and a 6 Music Recommends slot, was speaking in the new issue of Music Week, out now.
“They’re really exciting times. Moving forward into 2019, everybody’s got an opportunity to play to their strengths and shine in the new slots,” said Hobbs.
“I’m thrilled to bits to have the opportunity to bring the rich diversity and palette of music I really love and that I’ve championed for a lifetime into the heart of the schedule. It’s a dream job, really.”
Hobbs said the show will be “principally music-driven”.
Everybody’s got an opportunity to play to their strengths and shine in the new slots
Mary Anne Hobbs
“What 6 have done is looked at a presenter who’s been very productive in the more shady areas of the schedule,” she said. “A great number of the artists I’ve championed over the years, people like James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Nils Frahm, Kamasi Washington and Julia Holter, have resonated in the lives of our listeners. This is a chance to broaden the musical palette of the network in the daytime.”
The former XFM and Radio 1 DJ said she believes 6 Music bosses “would like to take many of the elements of the DNA of the programmes I’ve created for 6 Music at the weekends and evenings into daytime.”
Hobbs also promised that, “A great deal of the feature content we do at ?the moment around arts and culture we’ll transpose into daytime, as well as the interviews.” Listeners can also look forward to more live sessions, such as one Hobbs recently helmed for Thom Yorke.
Read Hobbs’ interview and the full 6 Music piece, with in-depth interviews with Laverne alongside station bosses Paul Rodgers and Jeff Smith, Keaveny and Maconie, in the new issue of Music Week, out now.
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