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Graham Norton joins Virgin Radio to host weekend show after BBC Radio 2 exit

Graham Norton has joined Virgin Radio after the host made his departure from BBC Radio 2.

It was recently announced that the 57-year-old television star was leaving BBC Radio 2 after hosting the Saturday morning show for 10 years.

The media personality said: "I am excited and a little surprised to be joining Virgin Radio UK in 2021. I was very content where I was but the opportunity to host shows across the weekend seemed too good to miss out on.

"Plus the energy and enthusiasm at Virgin Radio are infectious and I can't wait to get started! Did I mention the studios are very close to my house?"

Virgin Radio UK's content director Mike Cass added: "Graham Norton is one of very few truly unique talents in broadcasting."

He continued: "I'm delighted to be welcoming him to the Virgin Radio family in the new year. He'll be bringing double the wit, double the banter and double the love across Saturday and Sunday."

Graham will host his final BBC Radio 2 programme on Saturday December 19th 2020.

BBC Radio 2 listeners adored him when he first replaced Jonathan Ross on the show, and his own replacement is yet to be revealed.

The Eurovision Song Contest presenter said: "Obviously I'm sad to be stepping away from my Radio 2 show. I'll miss being a part of the Wogan House family, as well as the listeners and their lives.

"I'd like to thank my producer Malcolm Prince and all the teams I’ve worked with for a great decade of radio. Happily with the chat show, Eurovision and Drag Race the BBC continues to be my perfect tv home."

BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore added: "Graham Norton will be hugely missed on Saturday mornings on Radio 2, he is a first class broadcaster but I’m thrilled he’s committed to continuing to be a regular fixture on the BBC as the host of his hugely popular and award-winning The Graham Norton Show, the BBC’s coverage of Eurovision and Drag Race UK."

Virgin Radio UK originally launched back in 1993 and was then rebranded as Absolute Radio in 2008.

Years later in 2016, the media company relaunched again with a live broadcast from a Virgin Train by Edith Bowman and Matt Richardson.

Two years later it was confirmed former Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans would make the switch to Virgin.

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