Gam­bac­cini to fill axed Tony’s slot

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PAUL Gam­bac­cini is to re­place Tony Black­burn as the pre­sen­ter of BBC Ra­dio 2’s Pick Of The Pops.

The 67-year-old will front the pop­u­lar Satur­day af­ter­noon show, known for play­ing mu­sic cen­tred on two years from the 1950s to the 2000s.

Gam­bac­cini said: “I am hon­oured. I will strive to meet the stan­dards of my il­lus­tri­ous pre­de­ces­sors.”

Gam­bac­cini was cleared of sex­ual of­fences un­der Oper­a­tion Yewtree, af­ter be­ing ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of his­tor­i­cal sex crimes in 2013.

Black­burn, 73, was fired by the BBC fol­low­ing the Dame Janet Smith in­quiry into sex­ual abuse at the cor­po­ra­tion – be­cause his ev­i­dence to the Jimmy Sav­ile sex abuse in­quiry “fell short” of the stan­dards de­manded, ac­cord­ing to BBC Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Tony Hall.

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