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Simon Mayo to present drivetime show on Greatest Hits Radio

By | Published on Tuesday 2 February 2021

Simon Mayo

Simon Mayo is to present a new drivetime show on Bauer’s Greatest Hits Radio network, starting next month. The move comes two and a half years after he left the drivetime slot on BBC Radio 2.

“Returning to drivetime is so very exciting for me”, says Mayo, announcing the show. “It’s a show I loved so much and now on Greatest Hits Radio we intend to make it even better. The message of the show is the same – enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think!”

Mayo left BBC Radio 2 in 2018, a few months after his drivetime show there was revamped to include Jo Whiley as a co-host. Although the official line at the time was that the DJ planned to focus on other projects outside of radio, three months later he was announced among the presenter line-up on Bauer’s new classical station, Scala.

Last August it was then announced that he would be taking up an weekend slot on Greatest Hits Radio too.

Mayo’s new weekday show on Greatest Hits will see him bring an end to his morning show on Scala – although he will remain on the classical station with a new weekend show, which is still to be officially announced.

Commenting on all this show juggling, Hits RadioGroup Programme Director Gary Stein says: “We’re so excited to have one of the UK’s most loved radio presenters hosting an all new drivetime show on Greatest Hits Radio. With Simon playing the amazing music that the nation grew up with from the 70s, 80s and 90s, along with his warmth and personality, I know audiences will love his new show”.

The really important thing to note in all of this, of course, is that Mayo will continue to present ‘Kermode And Mayo’s Film Review’ on BBC Radio 5 Live every Friday.

Mayo’s Greatest Hits drivetime show will begin airing on 15 Mar.