Starting from Monday, 1 January, the acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Gordon Smart will broaden his role on BBC Radio 5 Live by taking over as the host of the late-night show, airing from 10 pm to 1 am.
In addition to his existing Sunday show from 8 pm to 10 pm, Gordon will now engage listeners with late-night discussions and guests from Monday to Thursday. He will provide insights into the day’s major news and sports stories.
Having been an integral part of the broader 5 Live presenting team for over a year, Gordon has made a significant impact by stepping in on various programs, ranging from Breakfast to Drive. In July, he secured his own weekly Sunday night show from Glasgow.
On his new appointment, Gordon says: “I am thrilled to be given the weeknights gig on 5 Live. It has been such a privilege working with the hugely talented team here over the last 18 months. The welcome I’ve been given from staff and listeners has been really special and I’m really looking forward to getting to know them even better.”
He continues: “I love the station and have been a huge fan for a long time. I can’t wait to get stuck in alongside some of the best in the business.”
BBC Radio 5 Live Controller, Heidi Dawson says: “Late night radio listeners need a presenter who’s great company, and Gordon definitely is that. A sharp journalist and brilliant storyteller with great sporting insights, Gordon will be a fantastic companion for our evening audiences.”
Gordon’s shows from Glasgow and Salford align with the BBC’s Across the UK strategy, aiming to bring the corporation closer to audiences and better represent and serve all parts of the UK. By 2027/28, the BBC plans to spend an additional £700 million cumulatively across the UK, generating an extra economic benefit of over £850 million. This initiative aims not only to increase job and training opportunities but also to enhance representation both on and off the screen.
Gordon will kick off his new late-night show on Monday, 1 January, at 10 pm.