Claudia Winkleman, during a live broadcast on Radio 2 this morning, revealed her decision to step down from her Saturday show (10 am-1 pm). Her final weekly programme on the station is scheduled for March 2024.

Romesh Ranganathan, a comedian, author, and actor currently presenting “For The Love Of Hip Hop” on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds every Saturday morning (midnight – 1 am), will inaugurate a new Saturday morning show (10 am – 1 pm) in April 2024.

Claudia says: “I absolutely love Radio 2 and it’s been a privilege to host the Saturday morning show for three years. I will miss our amazing guests, our brilliant listeners and the one and only Sally Traffic. The truth is my children are growing up inordinately fast so I have decided to follow them around at home before they leave for good. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who works on the show, I will continue to visit with badly made biscuits and will pester the bosses to present the odd special.

“I couldn’t be happier that Romesh is taking over Saturday mornings on Radio 2. He is brilliantly laugh out loud funny, and I’ll listen every single week as my kids beg me to leave them alone.”

Romesh says: “In my many years working as a maths teacher thinking ‘what would happen if I gave this up’, I never imagined I’d be sandwiched between Dermot O’Leary and Steve Wright on the UK’s most popular radio station every Saturday morning. I’m grateful to Claud for wanting to spend more time with her kids, and enabling me to spend less time with mine, and I look forward to finding out what the nation is up to at that time, as well as speaking to some familiar faces. It’s going to be fun. Probably.”

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 says: “I’d like to thank Claudia for entertaining her millions of listeners each Saturday morning with such sparkling wit and great warmth. Radio 2 listeners can rest easy as we’re working on a plan for some specials in the future, so watch this space!

“I’m delighted to welcome Romesh to his new Saturday morning show on Radio 2. Judging by the audience’s reaction to him at Radio 2 in the Park in Leicester this year, he’s already a firm favourite with our listeners. Like Claud before him, he’ll guarantee your Saturday mornings continue to be an appointment to listen.”

Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer, BBC, says: “Claudia is one of the BBC’s most loved presenters and I’d like to thank her for all the laughs she’s given us as we’ve started our weekends on Radio 2 over the past three years. I really look forward to joining her for series two of The Traitors in the new year as well as Strictly Come Dancing next Autumn.

“Romesh is hugely popular with BBC audiences so I’m thrilled that he will be bringing his own unique sense of humour to Saturday mornings on Radio 2. I can’t wait to hear his new show.”

Claudia initially joined Radio 2 in Spring 2008 to host Hot Gossip, a comedy quiz series, before moving to Friday nights to host the Claudia Winkleman Arts Show. In 2016, she presented Claudia on Sunday (7-9 pm) and then moved on to Saturday mornings in February 2021. The show featured notable guests such as Ant & Dec, Michael Bublé, Brian Cox, Minnie Driver, Emily Eavis, Noel Gallagher, and Tom Hiddleston.

Romesh Ranganathan, a multi-award-winning comedian, is well-known for hosting various series, including The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, The Ranganation, Rob & Romesh Vs, A League Of Their Own, Asian Provocateur, and presenting BBC One’s The Weakest Link. In addition to his radio show For The Love Of Hip Hop, Romesh has achieved success as a Sunday Times Bestseller with his autobiography Straight Outta Crawley: The Memoirs Of A Distinctly Average Human Being. He has also ventured into writing for a younger audience with his debut novel, Lil’ Muffin Drops the Mic.

Romesh’s upcoming tour, Hustle, is set to be his biggest to date, including two nights at London’s O2 Arena. Despite the new radio show, he will continue to host For The Love of Hip Hop, which he launched in 2021.

BBC Radio 2, the UK’s most listened-to radio station, with a weekly audience of 13.5 million (RAJAR Q3, 2023), boasts presenters such as Michael Ball, Zoe Ball, Dermot O’Leary, Steve Wright, and many others. The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show holds the title of the most listened-to breakfast show in the UK, with an audience of 6.5 million (RAJAR Q3, 2023).