Will your radio listening habits be different in 2019 due to the programme changes that have recently been announced by some radio stations?
Most of the major changes are happening in January, including new breakfast shows with Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 Music and Chris Evans going ad-free on Virgin Radio.
There’s also a new breakfast show for KISS FM UK with Tom Green and Daisy Maskell. Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are moving to a new weekend breakfast show on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Here’s a list of when the scheduled changes are happening:
January 2nd: Tom and Daisy start the new KISS FM UK Breakfast Show, whilst Neev returns to the KISS mid-morning show, replacing Pandora.
January 6th: New-look Official Big Top 40 Chart starts on Heart and Capital, with Will Manning.
January 7th: Official launch of Greatest Hits Radio on FM in Liverpool and West Midlands, AM/DAB elsewhere.
January 7th: Lauren Laverne takes over 6 Music’s Breakfast Show, followed by Mary Anne Hobbs at 10.30am with Shaun Keaveny at 1pm on 6 Music.
January 7th: New Capital daytime schedule starts, with Will Manning on mid-mornings, Aimee Vivian on afternoons and Ant Payne on (London) drive.
January 12th: Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie’s new Weekend Breakfast Show starts on 6 Music.
January 14th: Zoe Ball starts her new breakfast show on BBC Radio 2.
January 21st: Chris Evans starts his new breakfast show on Virgin Radio.
There are also other changes due, but with no confirmed start dates. Simon Mayo has revealed he’ll be starting a new show and will announce in January which radio station it will be on.
Moira Stewart is joining Classic FM in February to read the news on Tim Lihoreau’s breakfast show and John Suchet’s morning show. From July, Moira will also present her own Saturday afternoon show.
Rickie Williams, Melvin Odoom and Charlie Hedges recently left KISS FM to join BBC Radio 1 where they’re due to take over the Monday to Thursday 9-11pm slot at some point in the New Year.