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BBC announces standalone Eurovision radio station

By | Published on Monday 31 March 2014

Molly Smitten-Downes

BBC Radio 2 has announced the launch of a standalone Eurovision station, to broadcast around this year’s big song contest in May.

The station will air Eurovision-related programmes from midday to midnight over four days from 8 May, except on the actual day of the event, when it will simulcast Radio 2’s coverage from 10am to 1am.

Radio 2 Controller Bob Shennan said: “Every year, Eurovision is a moment that unites many people around the UK, as well as Europe. I’m proud to be offering a truly digital experience in 2014 with coverage across Radio 2 and Radio 2 Eurovision on digital radio. And we have an incredible line-up of presenting talent, bringing all the excitement, sartorial disasters and musical catastrophes to our listeners”.

Presenters on the station have been announced as Paddy O’Connell, Scott Mills, Maria McErlane, Ken Bruce, Michael Ball, and the undisputed king of Eurovision, Terry Wogan. Though he’ll not be returning to the commentary box, sadly.