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Mark Goodier joins BBC Radio 2 to host Pick of the Pops

Mark Goodier is returning to BBC Radio 2 as the new host of Pick of the Pops following the passing of Steve Wright.

Mark joins Radio 2 from Greatest Hits Radio where he originally hosted the weekday mid-morning show until Ken Bruce joined the station, and then moved to weekend mornings.

Beginning as a mobile DJ in Edinburgh in the late 1970s, Mark’s radio career began shortly after at his local station Radio Forth. Mark has since worked extensively across the BBC and commercial radio, presenting the celebrated UK Top 40 on BBC Radio 1 from 1990–1992 and 1995-2002. On Radio 2, Mark has presented various programmes and specials from 2001, including deputising on The Radio 2 Breakfast Show. He also spent a number of years at Smooth Radio.

Now, from July each Saturday lunchtime, 1-3pm, Mark will continue to count down two charts from two different weeks from the past seven decades in Pick of the Pops on Radio 2.

Mark says: “It’s an honour to host the iconic Pick of the Pops, although I wish it were in happier circumstances as I was friends with Steve for almost 40 years. I can’t wait to reminisce with Radio 2 listeners as we revisit two years in their lives, playing some of the best records ever made.”

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 says: “Mark is a brilliant broadcaster with a particular passion for chart countdowns, so I’m delighted he’s making a welcome return to Radio 2 in the prestigious Pick of the Pops slot, to complete our new weekend presenting line-up following the loss of our friend and colleague, Steve.

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