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Sara Cox appointed Chris Evans’ official Radio 2 ‘stand-in’

By | Published on Thursday 11 December 2014

Sara Cox

Sara Cox has signed a contract with BBC Radio 2 bosses to act as ‘official stand-in’ for Chris Evans, in the event that he can’t present his week-daily breakfast show, which 99.99% of the time he can. I bet she’s thrilled. I suppose there are holidays. Does Chris Evans take holidays? Probably.

Cox, who confirmed news of the deal via The Mirror, has filled for Evans several times in the past, and already has her own Radio 2 slot on Saturday nights, fronting ‘Sound Of The 80s’. Her being given this new ‘promotion’ (if it can be called that) might be an early sign of a sea-change at Radio 2, which has faced criticism for an imbalance in its ratio of male-female hosts.

Speaking at the Radio Festival in Salford (via The Guardian) earlier this year, Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said the station “feels the heat” from listeners over a lack of female presenters in between Vanessa Feltz’s early breakfast show and Jo Wiley’s evening one, adding vaguely that there is “bound to be a female broadcaster on daytime”. Only he didn’t say when or who it might be, so it was a bit of a pointless comment really.