Simon on his move to Radio 2
I thought you'd like to see as well as hear Simon's announcement that he's taking over the Radio 2 drivetime slot later in the year. Mark Kermode came over to the 5 live studios to join Simon for the announcement. It is, after all, a big day for them both. Reactions on the blogs, messageboards and Twitter have been coming thick and fast - and have been overwhelmingly positive about Simon's contribution to the 5 live mix. A small sample from Twitter:
Chris_Alfred I am sad to hear Simon Mayo is leaving Radio 5 Live for radio 2 but at least wittertainment will still happen.
ian9outof10 Simon Mayo is an excellent choice for Radio 2 drive and I'm thrilled that Mayo/Kermode gets an extended Friday show on 5Live. Well done BBC!
ashawsk Simon Mayo is leaving 5 live. End of an era? - Yes. But the film reviews will continue. Black armband required for a short time only then.
clarissa79 Simon Mayo to present Radio 2 Drivetime > more air time for @wittertainment, that makes me happy.
ninadouglas What will we do without Simon Mayo and his brilliant books programme on 5 live?
I'll round up further reactions to Simon's move in a later post. In the meantime, the comments on Adrian Van Klaveren's post from earlier this afternoon make for a good read.
Steve Bowbrick is editor of the 5 live blog