6 Music sings the changes for 2019
New year, new regime. Radio 2 starts its big shake-up tomorrow, with Zoe Ball and Sara Cox sliding into their fresh weekday time slots of breakfast and drivetime respectively: expect tabloid coverage and on-air laffs. Radio 1’s Charlie Sloth bowed out from the station in October, with the young yet experienced Tiffany Calver taking over his 9pm Saturday night Rap Show slot, and Rickie, Melvin and Charlie, ex-Kiss FM, due to start in his weekday evening The 8th slot soon. Calver had her first show on 5 January, so I’ll review her in a couple of weeks; Rickie, Melvin and Charlie aren’t on 1 for a while, but should be just the ticket.
So shall we turn to 6 Music? All BBC national radio stations have been under pressure to change their rosters since Ofcom started overseeing the Beeb in 2017. It stated explicitly that the BBC should “reflect the diversity of the United Kingdom”. Oops, thought