Sara Cox lands BBC Radio 2 drivetime presenter job as stations girl power takeover continues

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Sara has landed the fandabbydozy job as BBC Radio 2 drivetime host (BBC/Leigh Keily)

Sara Cox has been named the new host of BBC Radio 2 drivetime host and she thinks its fandabbydozy.

Less than a month after Zoe Ball landed Chris Evans coveted breakfast show, Sara was confirmed to replace Simon Mayo on the early evening show between 5-7pm.

Simon left the radio station after 17 years, leaving behind drivetime co-presenter Jo Whiley who was paired up with him earlier this year.

Jo will launch a brand new show on Radio 2 between 7-9pm in January, signifying a total girl power shake-up at the station.

? Radio 2 has a new sound for 2019! ?

We are delighted to announce that @sarajcox will be the new presenter of Drivetime from the New Year. ✨

She will be live every weekday from 5-7pm with fun-filled chat, brilliant music, and all of your stories from the day.

— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) October 29, 2018

Sara said she was beyond chuffed about taking over in the drivetime slot after seven years at the station.

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In a statement on Monday morning, Sara declared: Ive 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 days graft – is the icing on what is already a very brilliant cake.

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Zoe was confirmed to take over from Chris Evans on the breakfast show earlier this month (Sarah Jeynes/BBC/PA)
Simon Mayo quit the drivetime slot after being paired up with Jo Whiley in 2018 (Picture: BBC – Photographer: Leigh Keily)

Im beyond chuffed to be given this role and to directly quote my mum on hearing the good news, it is indeed “fandabbyruddydozy”.

The departure of Simon Mayo shocked listeners earlier this month, as he left the station after almost two decades to focus on his book deals.

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Listeners had signed a 10,000-strong petition to axe his new partnership with Jo Whiley not long after it began in 2018 but the Radio 2 encouraged fans to give it a chance.

However, his unexpected decision to walk out this October followed only months after Chris Evans announced his resignation live on air.

Chris swiftly announced his jump to Virgin Radio to take over their breakfast show and Zoe was confirmed to replace him earlier this month after going head-to-head with friend Sara for the job.

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