Ra­dio 2 must re­name Driv­e­time – it cel­e­brates cars, says (cy­clist) Vine

Daily Mail - - News - By Susie Coen TV and Ra­dio Re­porter

IT AIRS when most peo­ple are trav­el­ling home from work.

But Jeremy Vine is an­noyed about the name of the Ra­dio 2 Driv­e­time show, claim­ing cars should not be ‘cel­e­brated’.

Sara Cox was given the 5-7pm slot af­ter Si­mon Mayo walked away from the ra­dio sta­tion fol­low­ing a shake-up which saw him share his show with Jo Whi­ley.

Vine, 5 , who presents Ra­dio 2’s lunchtime show, con­grat­u­lated the ‘bril­liant’ Miss Cox on the prime job, but pleaded with the BBC to change the pro­gramme’s name. ‘I’d like to ask the BBC to stop call­ing it “Driv­e­time”,’ he

wrote on Twit­ter. Vine, who cy­cles to work, added: ‘Our ad­dic­tion to the mo­tor ve­hi­cle has made our ci­ties traf­fic sew­ers; made us asth­matic, fat and an­gry; and made our planet suf­fer.

‘We shouldn’t be cel­e­brat­ing a form of trans­port that kills 1,700 peo­ple a year.’

Sev­eral peo­ple crit­i­cised Vine, who earns up to £450,000 a year, say­ing he was out of touch. Some cited ex­pen­sive pub­lic trans­port and long dis­tances as rea­sons why they can­not cy­cle to work.

Jeremy Vine: Rides to work

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