Michael Ball to take over Terry Wogan’s BBC Radio 2 slot

'The Michael Ball Show' will replace 'Weekend Wogan' from April 10

Michael Ball is to take over Terry Wogan’s Sunday morning slot on BBC Radio 2.

From April 10, he will host The Michael Ball Show from 11am to 1pm every Sunday, the station announced today (March 18). Ball currently hosts a Sunday evening show on the same station.

“I feel so honoured to have been asked to return to Sunday mornings on BBC Radio 2. I learned so much from my great friend and mentor Sir Terry Wogan. He was simply the best,” Ball said in a statement.

The station’s controller Bob Shennan added: “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.”

Former This Morning presenter Richard Madeley will host the show for 10 weeks a year when Ball is away, BBC Radio also announced today.

Terry Wogan, who died in January following a short battle with cancer, hosted his popular Sunday morning show ‘Weekend Wogan’ on Radio 2 from February 2010 to November 2015.

Before that, he hosted the station’s weekday breakfast show from 1972 to 1984 and again from 1993 to 2009, during which it became the UK’s most listened to radio programme.