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Bob Harris to return to BBC Radio 2 next month

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2019

Bob Harris

Bob Harris has announced that he will return to BBC Radio 2 next month. The presenter revealed that he was taking time away from his show in June after being diagnosed with a tear in his aorta – that largest artery in the body.

Since then, a number of guest presenters have stood in for Harris on his Thursday night country music show. The Shires’ Ben Earle continues a run of guest presenting slots tonight and next week, while Lady Antebellum will take over on 5 Sep and Paul Sexton will broadcast live from the BBC Introducing stage at the Long Road Festival on 12 Sep. Harris will then take his seat in the studio again on 19 Sep.

“I am so happy to be returning to Radio 2”, says Harris. “Following my aortic dissection at the beginning of the summer the past few months have been amongst the toughest of my life, but I am now fit again and raring to go”.

“Thank you with all my heart to the thousands of people who have sent me messages of love and support”, he continues. “Your good wishes have been an essential part of my recovery. Thank you to Kristian Bush, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Paul Sexton and especially to Ben Earle for doing such a fantastic job sitting in for me and thank you to Radio 2 and my producer Mark Hagen for keeping the door open for my return”.

Harris returns just in time for the BBC’s country music season, with a collection of programmes looking at the genre airing on BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 2. The centrepiece of this will be feature length Dolly Parton documentary with the working title ‘Dolly’s Country’. This film is directed by Francis Whately, who previously created a trilogy of David Bowie documentaries for the Beeb.