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Graham Norton joins Virgin Radio UK after leaving BBC Radio 2: ‘I’m excited and a little surprised’

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Graham Norton will host a weekend show at Virgin Radio UK (Picture: Getty Images)

Graham Norton has found a new home at Virgin Radio UK just days after leaving the BBC and admits that even he’s ‘surprised’ at the turn of events. 

The radio and TV presenter announced just last week that he was departing the BBC Radio 2 airwaves after 10 years at the station.

He’ll now join Virgin Radio with a flagship weekend show on Saturdays and Sundays starting in the new year.

Announcing the move, Graham said in a statement: ‘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!’

Revealing one perk, he added cheekily: ‘Did I mention the studios are very close to my house?’

Virgin Radio UK Content Director Mike Cass added: ‘Graham Norton is one of very few truly unique talents in broadcasting. 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 Norton in the Radio 2 studio

Graham Norton had spent 10 years at Radio 2 (Picture: BBC)

Graham, 57, announced his departure from Radio 2 last Wednesday and 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.’

The presenter was a member of the BBC Radio family for 10 years after launching his Saturday show in 2010.

However he still has a spot with the broadcaster thanks to his hit series The Graham Norton Show, which sees him catch-up with A-listers on both sides of the pond every Friday night on BBC One.

It was previously reported that Graham earns £1,857 for every minute his chat show is on air, and was also paid £610,000 for hosting his weekly Radio 2 show and a range of other programmes and series.


Credit: Original article published here.

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