John Humphrys joins Classic FM to host Sunday afternoon programme

Classic FM has unveiled its new-look Sunday schedule for 2020, which will see John Humphrys join line-up.

Starting 5 January, John will present his own Sunday afternoon show from 3pm to 5pm where each week he will share his own stories and reflections on his favourite composers and their music.

John joins the station’s weekend team, which includes Moira Stuart, Alexander Armstrong, Bill Turnbull, Alan Titchmarsh and Myleene Klass, following a week covering the breakfast show in October.

Speaking about his new show, John said: “How could I resist a music station like Classic FM after a lifetime on the news beat! It’s proof positive that there really is a life after politics. And a rather more inspiring one at that.”

Other changes to the station’s weekend schedule will see Charlotte Hawkins hosting a new Sunday night edition of Smooth Classics at Seven, moving from her previous afternoon timeslot of 3pm to 5pm, David Mellor’s Sunday evening show moves to a new timeslot of 5pm to 7pm replacing The Classic FM Chart, presented by John Brunning, who will continue to host the weekday drivetime programme and Smooth Classics at Seven.

Charlotte Hawkins said: “I can’t wait to start the New Year presenting a new show on Classic FM. Smooth Classics at Seven will be the perfect way to unwind and enjoy those last hours of the weekend, with some of the most relaxing classical music you will ever hear.

“I’m also really pleased to be continuing my Young Classical Star feature on my new programme, which I first launched when I joined Classic FM two years ago. I’m passionate about championing up-and-coming classical artists, and I’m excited to be able to bring some more fantastic young musicians to you in 2020.”

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