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BBC Radio 6 Music’s reshuffle is a grim reminder of our mortality …

It is the BBC radio renovation the nation has been craving. The transferral of a long-in-the-tooth breakfast-show presenter to a grandfatherly mid-afternoon slot, his replacement a younger, female livewire.

Or not quite. Sadly, it is not yet time to pass around the collection tin for John Humphrys: the news concerns the very mildest
changing of the guard at Radio 6 Music. From 2019, Lauren Laverne will take over the breakfast show from Shaun Keaveny, who after 11 years (more than Moyles; less than Wogan) moves to weekday afternoons, joined by news presenter Matt Everitt. Mary Anne Hobbs gets Laverne’s weekday mid-morning slot, and Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie nab Hobbs’ weekend breakfast gig.

Moving to weekends … (L-R) Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe. Photograph: BBC

Props to 6 Music for promoting two of the station’s female presenters, even though overall they make up a paltry 27% of the station’s lineup. It is now one of the rare national radio stations with two women in prime daytime slots – though, shamefully, still no people of colour. Laverne’s luminous and diverse show is far more invigorating than Keaveny’s dawn chorus, a prompt to hit snooze. Hobbs said in a statement that she’s “delighted to have been given such a unique opportunity to build on my great passion for new music”, which augurs well – as does the fact that she’s presenting alone rather than being shoehorned in with a bloke like Radio 2’s uncomfortable bedfellows Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo.

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