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Mayo moves from 5 live to Radio 2

Simon Mayo
Simon Mayo is a former presenter of the Radio 1 breakfast show

Simon Mayo is leaving his weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 5 live to take over from Chris Evans as Radio 2's drivetime host.

But he will continue to present a weekly film programme for 5 live with expert Mark Kermode every Friday - currently part of his afternoon show.

Mayo was hailed "one of the very best" radio interviewers by 5 live's controller Adrian Van-Klaveren.

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Mayo said: "It's a fantastic thrill to be given one of the iconic Radio 2 shows like drivetime, succeeding greats like John Dunn, Johnnie Walker and Chris Evans.

"It's like winning the double to be able to continue with Mark to present on Fridays on 5 live."

Further announcements

Mr Van-Klaveren said: "Simon's programme has been one of 5 live's greatest successes over the last nine years, steadily building a reputation as a home of intelligent conversation and entertainment as well as the afternoon's news and sport."

Simon Mayo and Anthea Turner present Top of the Pops in 1988
Mayo was a regular presenter on Top of the Pops

He said the opportunity to move to a daytime music-based show on Radio 2 was "another change of direction" for former Radio 1 DJ Mayo.

There would be further announcements about resulting changes to the 5 live line-up, he added.

Mr Van-Klaveren also paid tribute to Mayo's "skills at asking the right questions and his always immaculate preparation and research".

Mayo joined Radio 1 in 1986 before taking over the station's breakfast show from Mike Smith in 1988.

He moved to Radio 1's mid-morning slot in 1994 before leaving the station in 2001 to join 5 live.

Mayo, who has won a series of radio awards, was also a regular presenter of BBC One's Top of the Pops.



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