Exciting news for fans of BBC Radio 2 presenter Simon Mayo as he announces he is to lead the presenting line-up for a new classical music radio station.
The 60-year-old DJ - who left his BBC Radio 2 drive time show after eight years shortly before Christmas - will host a mid-morning programme on new radio station, Scala Radio, which will launch on 4 March. His segment will boast celebrity interviews, listener interaction and a classical version of his popular Confessions feature from his former BBC show.
He’s hoping that the new radio station will offer something different to current classical radio stations such as Classic FM or BBC Radio 3.
He said: "There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations up until now.
"We're different because we're going all out to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today."
Alongside his new role, Simon will also present his BBC Radio 5 Live Friday film show with Mark Kermode. His fellow presenter, Mark, has also landed a slot on Scala Radio, in which he will play film scores.
Other DJs on the Scala line up include Goldie, William Orbit, Angellica Bell, Chris Rogers, Charles Nove, Mark Forrest, Sam Hughes and Jamie Crick.