Vanessa Feltz to keep phone-in show after Radio 2 move

Presenter will continue in her BBC London 94.9 slot alongside new early breakfast role

Vanessa Feltz is set to retain her morning phone-in show on BBC London 94.9 when she begins presenting the early breakfast slot on BBC Radio 2.

Feltz is being lined up by Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan to take over the 5am slot vacated by Sarah Kennedy earlier this year.

The move put a question mark against her future at London 94.9, where she has presented since 2003, winning a Sony gold award last year for speech broadcaster of the year.

But Feltz will continue to present the London morning show alongside her new Radio 2 show, which is likely to require a 3am start. After completing her Radio 2 shift at 6.30am, Feltz will then head to the nearby London 94.9 studio in central London for her 9am to midday show on the station.

Radio 2 is expected to confirm the appointment later this week, with Feltz set to join the station at the beginning of 2011.

Feltz will also present a new daily show on Channel 5, beginning in January next year, which will be pre-recorded in the afternoons.

If the Radio 2 deal comes off Feltz will have another prize to put alongside her Sony – that of hardest-working woman in broadcasting.

The last Radio 2 DJ to present a morning show on Channel 5 was Sir Terry Wogan with the ill-fated Terry and Gaby Show, produced by incumbent Radio 2 breakfast host, Chris Evans.

• To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000.

• If you are writing a comment for publication, please mark clearly "for publication".


John Plunkett

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Radio 2 confirms Vanessa Feltz as early breakfast show host
Presenter to join station in January to present 5am to 6.30am slot, and will continue to host phone-in on BBC London 94.9. By John Plunkett

John Plunkett

23, Nov, 2010 @9:24 AM

Article image
Radio 2 lines up Vanessa Feltz for early breakfast show
BBC London 94.9 presenter is frontrunner to take over from Sarah Kennedy, according to sources. By John Plunkett

John Plunkett

15, Nov, 2010 @4:56 PM

Article image
Vanessa Feltz to take helm at flagship BBC Radio London show
Radio 2 DJ becomes most high-profile woman to front solo local radio breakfast show for corporation as she takes top presenting role in new year

John Plunkett

23, Oct, 2015 @6:21 AM

Article image
First listen: Vanessa Feltz on Radio 2

Johnny Dee: This morning Vanessa Feltz joined the Radio 2 early morning line-up. So did she prove far too annoying for pre-breakfast radio or a welcome addition the the schedules?

Johnny Dee

17, Jan, 2011 @12:02 PM

Article image
Radio head: Vanessa Feltz
Vanessa Feltz will bring zest and an impressive vocabulary to her early morning Radio 2 show, writes Elisabeth Mahoney

Elisabeth Mahoney

24, Nov, 2010 @8:00 AM

Article image
Vanessa Feltz announces she is to leave BBC radio shows
Host says she is leaving Radio 2 and BBC Radio London shows to catch up on a ‘decade’s deficit of beauty sleep’

Caroline Davies

28, Jul, 2022 @7:40 AM

Article image
Radio review: Vanessa Feltz on Radio 2
She divides the nation, but there's something about Vanessa Feltz that Zoe Williams likes

Zoe Williams

18, Jan, 2011 @8:00 AM

Article image
Radio review: Radio 2
Holiday cover has stepped in at Radio 2 – and Vanessa Feltz clearly had first-day nerves covering for Jeremy Vine

Elisabeth Mahoney

22, Feb, 2011 @8:00 AM

Article image
Vanessa Feltz, Sony-winning queen of the airwaves

Elisabeth Mahoney: Once someone it was almost mandatory to be snooty about, Vanessa Feltz has finally been recognised as a brilliant broadcaster

Elisabeth Mahoney

12, May, 2009 @3:38 PM

Article image
Chris Evans 'buying a new alarm clock' after tardy arrival for Radio 2 show
BBC Radio 2’s breakfast presenter arrives 30 minutes late for Wednesday’s show, forcing Vanessa Feltz to fill the dead air with jokes that he was partying at Buckingham Palace


22, Jan, 2015 @9:03 AM