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Rylan slots into final part of Radio 2 schedule shuffle puzzle

Rylan becomes the latest celebrity to join BBC Radio 2, as final pieces of the station's new year schedule reshuffle are revealed.

Rylan Clark-Neal will take over the Saturday afternoon 3-6pm show from January 2019, when current presenter Zoe Ball moves to host the weekday Radio 2 Breakfast Show. Since coming fifth on The X Factor in 2012, Rylan won Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 and has been a presenter across TV and radio.

Meanwhile, details of how BBC Radio 2's specialist shows are to be redistributed have also been confirmed. Currently, these shows broadcast between 8 and 10pm on weeknights, a slot which is being reduced in half in January following the launch of a new evening show presented by Jo Whiley, which in turn is a result of a change to drivetime, which sees Sara Cox take over the slot and Simon Mayo leave the station.

The Radio 2 Rock Show with Johnnie Walker and Jools Holland’s show will move from Monday nights at 9pm to Saturday nights at 8pm. Each of the shows will be broadcast alternately in quarterly series throughout the year. As previously announced, Trevor Nelson moves from this slot to a new weeknightly slot, to fill Sara Cox's former broadcast hours.

Also moving from 9pm on weeknights, Radio 2’s one-hour specials and presenter-led genre programmes, which have previously included Levi Roots on Reggae, Top Brass with James Morrison and Will Young’s Essential R&B, will now be broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays at 9pm.

Of the move to BBC Radio 2, Rylan commented:
I’m so excited and honoured to be joining the BBC Radio 2 family. After stepping in for the amazing Zoe Ball over the summer, working with her fantastic team, I’m thrilled that I’ll be working with them again to fill listeners’ Saturday afternoons with fun, great music and a lot of laughter. I wish Zoe every success as the station’s new Breakfast Show host and I’m sure she’s going to be as brilliant as she always has been. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to being in the studio from the New Year.”

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 says: 
“I’m delighted that Rylan can join Radio 2 and we will give him a warm welcome in his new presenting role. Our listeners can expect a wonderful mix of fun and Rylan’s inimitable style on Saturday afternoons.”

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Article updated 10:07 08/11/2018