New weekday afternoon show for BBC 6 Music
Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie will move from BBC Radio 2 to digital-only BBC 6 Music from Monday 4 April 2011 to host the weekday 1-4pm show.
The programme will become an integral part of 6 Music's daytime schedule and will reflect the rich relationship that the station has with Manchester and music from the North of England. Guests from the world of culture and music, regular features (such as The Chain) and music news will comprise much of the programme's editorial, as well as dialogue and interaction with its audience via social media, email and text.
The music of The Radcliffe And Maconie Show will feature 6 Music heritage artists such as Massive Attack, The Smiths, David Bowie, and Blur, with burgeoning new talent like The Vaccines, Field Music and War Paint.
Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, comments: "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."
Mark says: "Moving to 6 Music is a wonderful opportunity for Stuart and I to be part of the digital radio revolution and also the establishment of MediaCityUK in Salford. 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. I'm also thrilled to have got off working 'nights', although anticipate with some trepidation helping my kids with homework that will almost certainly be beyond the meagre limits of my knowledge."
Stuart joined 6 Music in its infancy in 2002, and he'll continue to present Freak Zone (Sun, 6-8pm) and Freakier Zone (Sat 12midnight-1am), a duo of shows that reach far and wide both inside, and occasionally, outside the musical spectrum.
Stuart comments: "6 Music provides a priceless service to its legions of fans, and I'm happy to be joining the merry bandwagon of joy. The usual inane banter will remain, the only difference will be the hour - let there be light!"
Nemone will move from her weekday lunchtime slot to launch a new 6 Music weekend breakfast show between 7-10am from Saturday 9 April 2011, which will be an independent radio production.
Radcliffe and Maconie have been bestowed with many industry awards. They won the Gold Award for Music Broadcasters of the Year in the Sony Radio Awards 2009. In the same year, Mark won a Gold Award for Comedy as producer of Count Arthur Song's Radio Show!, and Stuart Maconie's Freakzone for 6 Music was a finalist in the Specialist Music Programme.
In 2010, The Radcliffe And Maconie Show won the bronze prize at the 2010 Sony Radio Academy Awards for Best Music Programme and in 2009 it won the Broadcasting Press Guild award for Best Radio Show.
BBC Radio 6 Music is an interactive digital radio station that celebrates the alternative spirit of music and culture. In Q3 2010 6 Music posted a record weekly audience reach of 1.2 million listeners making it the biggest and most listened to digital-only radio station in the UK. Talent on the network include a stellar line-up of trusted guides, from Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne and Jarvis Cocker, to Cerys Matthews, Tom Ravenscroft and Huey Morgan.