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DJ John Peel's son lands BBC 6 Music show

Tom Ravenscroft
Ravenscroft is a champion of new music like his father

The son of the legendary DJ and new music champion John Peel has secured his own show on BBC 6 Music.

Tom Ravenscroft, 30, will host a weekly show on the digital station, which is currently threatened with closure.

Ravenscroft will take over from Bruce Dickinson on 4 June with a three-hour Friday night slot.

"I'm thrilled... and can't wait to get started," said Ravenscroft. Peel was Radio 1's longest-serving DJ at the time of his death in 2004.

Audience figures

He championed countless up-and-coming acts and also introduced his son to music from an early age - at 11, Ravenscroft saw Nirvana play at the Reading Festival.

Ravenscroft briefly hosted his own show on Channel 4 Radio in 2006 before the broadcaster scrapped a move to digital radio.

He also stood in for Tom Robinson on 6 Music last year.

6 Music editor Paul Rodgers said: "Tom is much sought after and we are thrilled that he thinks that 6 Music is the best way for him to reach his audience."

The number of people who listen to the station online every week has gone up by 50% over the course of a year, according to figures released last week.

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