BBC Radio 2 announces overnight schedule changes

Radio 2 has had to make extremely tough decisions to reduce programming costs in order to make savings in line with the rest of the BBC. As a relatively small percentage of our audience listens to Radio 2 through the night, changes need to be made to ensure that our programming spend reaches the most listeners.Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2
Date: 09.01.2017     Last updated: 13.01.2017 at 13.38
Category: Radio 2
BBC Radio 2 has announced changes to the late night and overnight schedules on the network. From the end of January, After Midnight (12 midnight-3am), which launched in October 2014, will be decommissioned.

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2, says: “Radio 2 has had to make extremely tough decisions to reduce programming costs in order to make savings in line with the rest of the BBC. As a relatively small percentage of our audience listens to Radio 2 through the night, changes need to be made to ensure that our programming spend reaches the most listeners. I’d like to thank both Janice Long and Alex Lester for their contributions to the programme.”

Both Janice Long and Alex Lester will continue to broadcast on BBC Radio.

On Saturday between 12 midnight-3am Huey Morgan’s show will broadcast and on Sundays Bob Harris’s show will broadcast in that slot. On Monday to Friday between 12 midnight-2am repeats of Sounds of the 60s, Sounds of the 70s, Sounds of the 80s, Pick of the Pops and The Craig Charles House Party will be broadcast.

Between 2-5am Monday to Friday, and Saturday and Sunday 3-6am, Radio 2 Playlists will feature a broad range of music from Radio 2’s wide repertoire of musical genres. These genre collections will include tracks from the past to the present day, covering folk, country, musical theatre, blues, jazz, funk, pop and soul. They will be hosted by some of Radio 2’s most well-loved expert musical curators. These playlists will allow them to build on their specialist music genre shows with unique guides for listeners to get started in the music that these experts love.

Radio 2 Playlists will also feature the very best in acoustic music, love songs, ballads, easy listening tracks and more collections to suit our audience’s moods. These will be refreshed each week and on air will be fronted by a range of familiar and new voices to the network.

All of the Radio 2 Playlists will also be available to listen on demand via the BBC Music App.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: “Radio 2’s audience is increasingly aware of the benefits of streaming music but to date the offering for them has been limited or designed for younger audiences. It’s important that we offer Radio 2 listeners a way into curated, genre and mood orientated playlists but with a distinctive Radio 2 spin. So we are introducing Radio 2 Playlists. These are playlists which are uniquely curated by our leading music presenters and music team and that our audience can enjoy on the radio or on demand as Radio 2 Playlists in the BBC Music app on their mobile devices.”

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