Coronation Street star AXED from BBC in major shake-up | The Sun

CORONATION Street legend Craig Charles' show on Radio 2 is coming to an end, it was revealed today.

BBC Radio 2 has announced that Craig Charles' House Party, which airs from 10pm until midnight on Saturdays, has been axed.


Radio favourite Tony Blackburn's Golden Hour is moving to a new slot on Sunday between 7pm and 8pm.

Tony will continue to bring his upbeat energy and sense of humour to “the fastest show on radio” as he plays his favourite classic songs from across the decades and ‘future gold’ live from Wogan House.

Meanwhile RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage is permanently joining the station with her own show, which will air across Fridays to Sundays, starting Friday, July 15.

They can tune in from 7pm to 9pm for a to hour slot where she will be kicking off the weekend in style with a brilliant mix of the tunes that make you feel good.

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“Every party must come to an end and although I’m packing up my Trunk of Funk on Radio 2, I’ve loved bringing the party to its funky listeners each Saturday night," Craig said about his radio exit.

Craig, 57, can still be heard on BBC Radio 6 Music each weekday (1-4pm) and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (Saturday nights, 6-9pm).

Michelle will also return with series two of her BBC Sounds podcast in August, Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers, which sees her sit down for more one-to-one encounters with famous faces to hear stories that inspire us.

Sharing her delight about the news, she said: “I’m over the moon to be broadcasting my very own show to millions of listeners on Radio 2, where each Friday night I’ll be launching the listeners’ weekends in fabulous style with some of my all time favourite tracks that promise to get you in the best mood!

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"And I’m back with a new series of my Rule Breakers for BBC Sounds – I'M SO EXCITED! Bring it all on!”

Unfortunately Ana Matronic's Dance Devotion and Dr Rangan Chatterjee's show –  which is on Sundays 10pm-midnight – has been axed.

Speaking ahead of her final show, Ana said: "It's been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the Radio 2 line-up for the last five years.

"To be able to represent dance music culture, history, and community is an honour that I will continue to devote myself to. To all my listeners I wish the very best, and hope to see you on a dance floor very soon!"

Other schedule changes include Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton moving from 10pm until midnight on Fridays to the same slot on Saturdays.

Sounds of the 80s with Gary Davies will be moving from its current Friday night slot (8pm-10pm) to Saturday nights (8-10pm).

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 added: "Thank you so much to Ana, Craig and Dr Rangan. It has been a pleasure to have them bookend Saturday and Sunday evenings on Radio 2.


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