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Rylan Clark-Neal to replace Zoe Ball as host of Radio 2 Saturday show

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 08/11/2018 Anita Singh
Rylan Clark standing in front of a building: Rylan will take over the Saturday afternoon show in January  - Mirrorpix © Provided by Local News RSS EN-GB Rylan will take over the Saturday afternoon show in January  - Mirrorpix

Rylan Clark-Neal, the former X Factor contestant and Celebrity Big Brother winner, is to replace Zoe Ball as host of Radio 2’s Saturday afternoon show.

Ball is moving to host the weekday breakfast show, and Clark-Neal will take over the 3-6pm weekend slot with a mix of “fun, feelgood hits and ample amounts of chat”.

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Clark-Neal was the breakout star of the 2012 series of X Factor and has gone on to build a media career. He proved to be a popular stand-in for Ball over the summer.

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The signing should help to bring a younger audience to Radio 2, which is aimed at those aged 35 and over but has an average listener age of 52.

Lewis Carnie, head of Radio 2, said: “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.”

Clark-Neal said: “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." He takes over in January.

In addition, Clark-Neal will present Step Back In Time, a six-part series for the BBC Sounds website and app which revisits a particular year in the 1980s, 1990s or 2000s.

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Other changes to the Radio 2 schedule include moving Johnnie Walker’s Radio 2 Rock Show and Jools Holland’s show from Monday nights to Saturday nights.

Ball will replace Chris Evans, who is leaving to host a rival show at Virgin Radio.

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