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Critique3,158 posts since 9 Aug 2009
Anglia (East) Look East
I think the last time R2 had one of their mainstream weekday presenters, sitting on for another mainstream weekday presenter was Johnny Walker sitting in for Wogan (about 15 years ago ?)


That did happen a few times, and then when Walker moved off drivetime in 2006, it was announced he'd be the regular stand-in for Wogan.

It happens much more frequently on Radio 1, Scott Mills was the regular stand-in for Nick Grimshaw, although it makes sense to have a high profile stand-in on the biggest show on the station. I remember during the short-lived period Mark and Lard were on breakfast, Kevin Greening was their stand-in, when he was doing drivetime, and in turn Mark Goodier would stand in for him on drivetime - which struck me as odd as Goodier was the previous presenter of that slot so he was standing in on his old show.


Indeed, will be interesting to see if Scott Mills continues to be Greg's cover on Breakfast. I think he's already done it a few times but they also had Matt and Mollie from weekend breakfast cover over the new year, which IMO makes more sense, especially since they now do Fridays so weekend breakfast is a better gig than it was before.
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dvboy9,729 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
I think the last time R2 had one of their mainstream weekday presenters, sitting on for another mainstream weekday presenter was Johnny Walker sitting in for Wogan (about 15 years ago ?)


That did happen a few times, and then when Walker moved off drivetime in 2006, it was announced he'd be the regular stand-in for Wogan.


Vanessa Feltz would often stand in for Jeremy Vine, and they'd find someone else to stand in for Vanessa's early morning show.

Over on 6 Music the regular breakfast stand-ins for Shaun Keaveney were Nemone Metaxas and Craig Charles, both of whom only do weekend shows otherwise. Huw Stephens and Amy Lamé shared the gig over Christmas. I suspect Nemone will continue to stand in for Lauren Laverne when needed.
Joe6,505 posts since 9 Oct 2005
Meridian (South) South Today
Carrie Gracie now back on the NC for Newsroom Live.

Nice to see Carrie Gracie back - hopefully she will be able to resume the banter with Simon McCoy at some point.


Because the news is all about the banter.....

Possibly an unfair comment, as that is not what was implied by any means.
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Joe6,505 posts since 9 Oct 2005
Meridian (South) South Today

Because the news is all about the banter.....

Possibly an unfair comment, as that is not what was implied by any means.


Why is it unfair? The poster was hoping for a quailifed journalist to start some 'banter'.

Because there’s a history of lighter moments with Gracie and McCoy, who nevertheless presented the news professionally. The poster already remarked that it was nice to have the former back reading the news, in presumably a banter-less role, so it just seems an odd comment.
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Markymark6,628 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
I think the last time R2 had one of their mainstream weekday presenters, sitting on for another mainstream weekday presenter was Johnny Walker sitting in for Wogan (about 15 years ago ?)


That did happen a few times, and then when Walker moved off drivetime in 2006, it was announced he'd be the regular stand-in for Wogan.


Vanessa Feltz would often stand in for Jeremy Vine, and they'd find someone else to stand in for Vanessa's early morning show.



You're absolutely right, though I was thinking 'mainstream daytime', which is really 7am to 7pm ?
cityprod1,937 posts since 3 Oct 2005
Westcountry Spotlight

That did happen a few times, and then when Walker moved off drivetime in 2006, it was announced he'd be the regular stand-in for Wogan.


Vanessa Feltz would often stand in for Jeremy Vine, and they'd find someone else to stand in for Vanessa's early morning show.



You're absolutely right, though I was thinking 'mainstream daytime', which is really 7am to 7pm ?


Close. 6am to 7pm generally. Some stations might have slightly different times, but OFCOM recognizes daytime as 6am to 7pm.