BBC Radio 2 announce major reshuffle of schedule with Craig Charles axed and Tony Blackburn pushed

Craig Charles’ show has been axed, Tony Blackburn is now on Sunday nights and Michelle Visage is joining the team

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BBC Radio 2 has announced a major restructuring of its programming – with big stars like Craig Charles losing their show while Michelle Visage joins the team.

The Beeb revealed a major change to the Friday-Sunday weekend schedule starting Friday 15th July.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK judge Michelle will open as she landed her own show in a Friday night primetime spot.

Fans can tune in from 7pm to 9pm where she will kick off the weekend in style with a brilliant mix of feel-good tunes.

She will also return in August with the second season of her BBC Sounds podcast Rule Breakers by Michelle Visage. It is broadcast on Radio 2 on Saturdays.

Michelle Visage will host her own primetime show on Friday nights starting in July

On her podcast, she sits down with famous faces for chats that inspire us.

Speaking of her new career move, Michelle said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be broadcasting my very own show to millions of listeners on Radio 2, where every Friday night I’ll ring in listeners’ weekends in fabulous style with some of my absolute favorite tracks promising to get you into the to set the best mood! And I’m back with a new series of my Rule Breakers for BBC Sounds – I AM SO EXCITED!

Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour now airs Sundays from 7pm to 8pm.

Meanwhile, Craig Charles’ House Party, which currently airs Saturdays from 10pm to midnight, is coming to an end.

Craig Charles’ show is cancelled

He says, “Every party has to come to an end and although I pack my trunk of funk on Radio 2, I’ve loved bringing the party to their funky listeners every Saturday night.”

Craig can still be heard on BBC Radio 6 Music every weekday from 1pm to 4pm and on The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show which airs Saturday nights from 6pm to 9pm.

The show by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, which takes place on Sundays from 10 p.m. to midnight, will also be cancelled.

Ana Matronic will also see the end of her Dance Devotion show being taken from the air.

dr Rangan Chatterjee will no longer have a weekend show
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She says: “It has been my pleasure and privilege to be part of the Radio 2 line-up for the past five years. Representing the culture, history and community of dance music is an honor I will continue to dedicate myself to. To all my listeners I wish the very best and hope to see you on a dance floor soon!”

He says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed presenting my Radio 2 show and I hope I have helped guide listeners through a unique time in our lives.”

Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, added: “Thank you Ana, Craig and Dr. Rangan. It was a pleasure to have her on Radio 2 on Saturday and Sunday nights.”

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