Sara Cox promoted to Radio 2 drivetime following Simon Mayos departure

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 said: “Sara is hugely popular with the Radio 2 audience and I have every confidence that she’ll make the new Drivetime show her very own. Trevor is one of the leading lights in soul music in the UK, and he’ll bring his curated blend of music to Monday to Thursday nights, which I know our listeners will love. With Zoe Ball at Breakfast and Jo Whiley from 7-9pm each weekday, 2019 looks to be an extremely exciting year for Radio 2.”    Sara Cox has been  promoted to Radio 2 drivetime following Simon Mayo’s departure.The presenter, who currently presents the 10pm-midnight show Monday to Thursday will be taking over Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show from 5-7pm.Mayo announced last week that he would be leaving Radio 2 in the New Year, after controversy about his pairing with Jo Whiley earlier this year, a decision which critics said was driven by a desire to give women more top slots.An online petition called “Bring back Simon Mayo and the dream team” gathered more than 10,000 signatures. The presenter himself admitted that the upheaval had been “difficult and upsetting”.Within weeks of the relaunch the BBC was forced to issue a response, asking fans to let the show “settle” and to “give it a chance”. Radio 2 controller Lewis Cardie pledged changes, insisting “no show ends up where it starts”.Now, popular presenter Cox, who has been at the BBC for almost two decades, will take over the show, while Whiley will be launching a new Monday – Thursday show from 7-9pm.Cox said: “I’ve been proud to be part of the Radio 2 family for a few years now and the opportunity to present such a big show as Drivetime – playing fantastic music and hopefully making people smile as they cook tea or head home after a day’s graft – is the icing on what is already a very brilliant cake. I’m beyond chuffed to be given this role and to directly quote my mum on hearing the good news, it is indeed ‘fandabbyruddydozy’.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.