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BBC Radio 2 Spring and Summer highlights

Category : Radio 2
Date : 05.03.2004
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Lesley Douglas, Controller BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, unveiled BBC Radio 2’s new look spring and summer schedule today (Friday 5 March 2004).


Mark Radcliffe is to join Radio 2 to present a new evening show starting on 7 June (Monday to Thursday, 10.30pm-midnight).


Marc Riley (aka Lard) is joining 6 Music on 3 April to present a new weekend show - see 6 Music Spring and Summer highlights.


Radio 2 is extending its arts coverage with a new two hour programme on Friday nights.


Mariella Frostrup is to present the new show from Friday 16 April, 10.00pm-midnight.


Lesley also confirmed that Dermot O'Leary is to present a new regular music show in the autumn.


Lesley says: "I'm delighted that Mark Radcliffe, Dermot O'Leary and Mariella Frostrop are to join what is already a brilliant line-up of presenters on Radio 2.


"We also have an exceptional spring and summer schedule of documentaries, live music and features which I am sure our listeners will enjoy."


Mark Radcliffe says: "I'm thrilled, honoured and humbled to be asked to join Radio 2's veritable panoply of mercurial visionaries where I plan to revolutionise late night radio listening by playing records and talking in between."


Dermot O'Leary says: "It feels like being signed to Arsenal! I'm very flattered that such an established and massively successful station and brand want me to be part of it."


Richard Allinson continues to present his Saturday afternoon show and moves from his evening slot to become the new presenter of Radio 2’s live performance strand, Live and Exclusive.


Richard is also to front Radio 2’s major initiative on songwriting, Sold on Song, which includes the country's biggest ever poll to discover the UK's top song of all time, Sold on Song Top 100, which launches today, 5 March.


Richard presents a full run down of the results over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend - 29, 30 and 31 May.


Immediately following the Bank Holiday weekend Radio 2 launches a search for the best of Britain's undiscovered songwriters.


In July, August and September Radio 2 will reflect the best submitted songs. The search culminates in a live showcase as part of Radio 2's week in Liverpool in October.


George Michael talks to Radio 2 about his life and career in a three-part series, Older and Wiser: The George Michael Story starting on Tuesday 9 March at 8.30pm.


Zoe Ball returns to the BBC airwaves with a two part series on rave culture and Neneh Cherry puts the spotlight on world music.


Steve Lamacq marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain and also charts the story of the Creation record label.


Radio 2 is to broadcast a series of special music events over the coming months featuring some of the world's top artists.


Norah Jones and Diana Krall are to perform live and exclusively for Radio 2.


Will Young and Lionel Richie are just two of the star performers who will appear on Friday nights with the BBC Concert Orchestra.


Lionel can be heard on 19 March from 7.30 to 9.15pm and Will can be heard on 9 April from 7.30 to 9.15pm.

And to re-enforce the network’s commitment to supporting new music acts, Radio 2 broadcasts live from the internationally renowned South By South West music festival in Austin, Texas which showcases the work of more than 1,100 artists from 17 to 21 March.


Radio 2 is also to host two further debates on the British music industry.


Following last year’s The Great British Music Debate, in June the station will bring together key players and performers to look at just how British the British music industry is and will address the impact of digital technology in a special debate in November.


To mark the 10th anniversary of South Africa's first free elections and the subsequent inauguration of President Mandela, Radio 2 broadcasts a special season on South Africa with Jeremy Vine and Hugh Masekela presenting documentaries on the country's politics, music and cultural development.


Anna Ford, Max Hastings and John Simpson present documentaries on The Thatcher Years, The D-Day Landings and attitudes to war and peace, respectively.



Category : Radio 2
Date : 05.03.2004
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