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Craig Charles to replace Shaun Keaveny on 6 Music

By | Published on Thursday 22 July 2021

Craig Charles

Craig Charles has been announced as the replacement for Shaun Keaveny on the BBC Radio 6 Music afternoon show.

“I’m made up to be able to present a brand new show on 6 Music later this year”, says Charles. “So, join me each weekday afternoon for a cup of tea, a chat and where I’ll be playing some cracking tunes from across the musical spectrum. I can’t wait to get started – bring it on!”

But let’s say you’re a big fan of ‘The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show’ on 6 Music. Or even the ‘The Craig Charles House Party’ on Radio 2. Bet you’re not feeling quite as “made up” as Craig there, now that he’s shifting into a daytime BBC slot. Except you have no reason to be disappointed, because he’s still going to present those too. They’re on Saturday evenings. Why would they affect this weekday business? You like Craig Charles? Well now there’s going to be more Craig Charles.

“Craig Charles has been part of the 6 Music family since we first arrived on the airwaves in 2002”, says Head Of 6 Music, Samantha Moy. “Over the years, his ‘Funk And Soul Show’ has become must-listen radio on Saturday nights – bags of brilliant records and loads of laughter. We can look forward to more of the same on weekday afternoons – with an even bigger record bag full of music from across the genres and eras, right up to the present day – here on 6 Music”.

Charles will start presenting his new show in October, after Keaveny – who announced his plan to depart the station after almost fifteen years last month – broadcasts his final show. But that’s not the only change coming to the 6 Music schedule. No siree. There’s a whole load of change a-comin.

Iggy Pop’s Friday night show will become a Sunday afternoon show. Amy Lamé is moving from Sunday afternoons to weekend early breakfast. And Radcliffe and Maconie will still present the weekend breakfast show, but it will start an hour later.

“Iggy Pop”, says Moy. “A true icon – and one that we are honoured to say is also a beloved 6 Music presenter. He will be bringing his ‘Iggy Confidential’ show to Sunday afternoons – the perfect way to shake off those weekend blues”.

“I’m very happy to give Mark and Stuart the lie-in they deserve”, she adds, “so we can all expect an even livelier ‘Radcliffe & Maconie’ show from 8am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. And I’m very pleased to say that Amy Lamé will now present two shows on 6 Music, with her ‘Early Weekend Breakfast’ show on Saturday and Sundays from 6am”.

What’s going to replace Iggy Pop on Friday nights? I don’t know, they haven’t announced it yet. I’ll tell you this though: it “will contribute to the BBC’s ‘across the UK’ plans”. So that’s nice. Probably.

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