Graham Norton lands Virgin Radio weekend shows after BBC exit announcement

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Graham Norton surprised fans with a shock announcement last week; he would be leaving BBC Radio Two after presenting his own show for ten years. Days later, it has been revealed the popular chat-show has joined Virgin Radio UK to take on their flagship weekend show – on Saturdays and Sundays. 

The much-loved broadcaster’s new weekend show will launch in the New Year. 

Speaking about the new venture, Graham said: “I am excited and a little surprised to be joining Virgin Radio UK in 2021.

“I was very content where I was but the opportunity to host shows across the weekend seemed too good to miss out on.

“Plus the energy and enthusiasm at Virgin Radio are infectious and I can’t wait to get started! Did I mention the studios are very close to my house?”

Virgin Radio UK Content Director Mike Cass added: “Graham Norton is one of very few truly unique talents in broadcasting.

“I’m delighted to be welcoming him to the Virgin Radio family in the new year.

“He’ll be bringing double the wit, double the banter and double the love across Saturday and Sunday.”

And Wireless CEO Scott Taunton said: “Wireless continues to invest in the very best talent as we drive forward the ambitious plans we have for our national digital stations in the UK.

“Graham is a broadcasting icon and it’s not hard to see why he has the highest-rated single radio show in Europe.

“Tuning in to Graham Norton on Virgin Radio will be the hottest new year’s resolution around.”

Graham’s fans were happy with the news and took to Twitter to congratulate him. 

“@VirginRadioUK and @grahnort Looking forward to listening. Hopefully keeping a similar format to the current show,” one said. 

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“@VirginRadioUK and @grahnort He`ll be missed on Radio 2. I enjoyed his show,” another said. 

Someone else wrote: “Yay!! So glad you’re staying on the wireless!” 

This new role is just one of many accolades Graham has. 

He has picked up almost every TV award going, including numerous BAFTAs, National Television Awards, and International Emmys.

His tenure as the UK’s premiere chat show host started on Channel 4 in the late ’90s with So Graham Norton and continues now on BBC1 with The Graham Norton Show.

Graham has been hosting the iconic Eurovision Song Contest for over a decade, and most recently, appeared as a judge on the smash hit RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

He is also a Sunday Times Bestselling author of two hugely successful memoirs and three critically acclaimed novels. 

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