Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie switch from Radio 2 to 6 Music

Presenting duo will be replaced on evening show by Jo Whiley, who leaves Radio 1

Blog: Is Radcliffe and Maconie's move a good thing?

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are to leave their BBC Radio 2 evening show to present the weekday afternoon slot on BBC 6 Music.

Radcliffe and Maconie's move to 6 Music – which was saved from closure by the BBC Trust last year – is an effort by the BBC to further boost the digital station's audience, which has doubled over the last 12 months.

Both DJs will retain a presence on Radio 2: Radcliffe presenting a new late-night slot and Maconie fronting a 50-part authored history of pop. They will be replaced by Jo Whiley on the Radio 2 evening show.

Whiley, who lost her weekday Radio 1 slot in 2009 to move to a weekend show, will now leave Radio 1, bringing the curtain down on a 17-year career with the station.

"I've loved working at Radio 1 for the past 17 years. It's given me opportunities I could only have dreamt of," said Whiley.

"As well as supporting my love of music, Radio 1 have also supported and accommodated me bringing three further children into the world, something, as a woman, I will always be grateful for."

Bob Shennan, the controller of Radio 2 and 6 Music, described Whiley as "at the top of her game and a first-rate broadcaster with a great knowledge of music. I'm looking forward to her bringing her own brand of presenting to the Radio 2 evening schedule."

He added: "This is another big moment in the history of 6 Music. Mark and Stuart's arrival will help us build on the phenomenal success of the past 12 months."

Radcliffe and Maconie have presented their Sony gold-winning Radio 2 weekday evening show since 2007, although it was cut back from four to three nights a week last year.

The switch to the 1pm to 4pm slot on 6 Music, due to take place on 4 April, will inevitably mean a big drop in the number of their listeners, Radio 2's audience being more than 10 times the average weekly reach for 6 Music.

Radcliffe, who will present a new Tuesday late-night Radio 2 show, said: "We feel like we have signed up to the future in a big way. The music policy of 6 is right up our street with its blend of heritage tracks and emerging new talent.

"We also look forward to stretching its musical remit even further by continuing to make our playlist as all-embracing and eclectic as it has been on our evening show."

In other changes, 6 Music lunchtime presenter Nemone will move from her weekday lunchtime slot to present the 6 Music weekend breakfast show.

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