Why is Graham Norton leaving his Radio 2 show? And what the BBC has said about his replacement
The star has interviewed high profile celebrities like Tina Turner and J K Rowling
TV and radio personality Graham Norton is to leave his BBC Radio 2 slot after 10 years, it has been announced.
The presenter currently hosts a popular show for the station on Saturday mornings, but will leave BBC Radio next month.
Mr Norton’s final BBC Radio 2 show will be broadcast during the week before Christmas, from 10am until 1pm, on Saturday 19 December 2020.
Why is Graham Norton leaving Radio 2?
It is thought the change is part of a broader shake-up across BBC Radio.
Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart of Radio 1 have both recently announced that they will also depart the station by the end of the year.
Who will replace him?
No one has been announced as a replacement for the slot, as yet.
BBC Radio 2 chief content officer, Charlotte Moore, said: “Graham Norton will be hugely missed on Saturday mornings on Radio 2, he is a first class broadcaster but I’m thrilled he’s committed to continuing to be a regular fixture on the BBC as the host of his hugely popular and award-winning The Graham Norton Show, the BBC’s coverage of Eurovision and Drag Race UK.”
‘Sad to be stepping away’
Mr Norton started on the popular Saturday morning slot in October 2010, taking over from Jonathan Ross, who resigned after a scandal involving Russell Brand and the granddaughter of actor, Andrew Sachs.
Over the last decade, Mr Norton has interviewed a number of high profile stars on the show, including JK Rowling, Kylie Mynogue and Tina Turner.
Mr Norton said, “Obviously I’m sad to be stepping away from my Radio 2 show. I’ll miss being a part of the Wogan House family, as well as the listeners and their lives.
“I’d like to thank my producer Malcolm Prince and all the teams I’ve worked with for a great decade of radio.
“Happily with the chat show, Eurovision and Drag Race, the BBC continues to be my perfect tv home.”
Head of Radio 2, Helen Thomas, said, “For the past decade, Graham has made Saturday mornings his own on Radio 2.
“His sparkling interviews, as well as his brilliant shows from the Eurovision host city each May, have kept millions of listeners entertained each week.
“On behalf of the Radio 2 listeners, and everyone in Wogan House, we’d like to thank him and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”