Musical theatre star Michael Ball has been announced as the new presenter of the BBC Radio Two Sunday morning slot formerly hosted by the late Terry Wogan.
Ball, who currently presents a Sunday evening show on Radio Two, will move to the new slot from 10 April 2016. The show will now air on Sunday morning between 11am and 1pm and will be renamed The Michael Ball Show.
Richard Madeley, who has presented the programme since December 2015 will continue to present the show for 10 weeks each year.
Ball said he was honoured to be asked to return to Sunday morning radio with BBC Two and paid tribute to Wogan saying “I learned so much from my great friend and mentor Sir Terry Wogan. He was simply the best.”
Bob Shennan, controller of Radio Two commented: “High-quality entertainment is at the core of public service broadcasting. Sir Terry was a master of it. Michael Ball is in that fine tradition… We are adding some exciting new programmes for our audiences – programmes which are completely unique and totally distinctive.”
Michael Ball is one of Britain’s leading men of musical theatre, his career highlights include Sweeney Todd opposite Imelda Staunton, playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Hajj/The Poet in Kismet, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, Count Fosco in The Woman in White, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Passion, Aspects of Love, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.