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.
Evans is moving to Radio 2's breakfast show to take over from Sir Terry Wogan.
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."
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."
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.