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BBC legend confirmed to take over Steve Wright’s hit Radio 2 show after his death-Brooke Ivey Johnson-Entertainment – Metro

The new host calls it an ‘honour.’

BBC legend confirmed to take over Steve Wright’s hit Radio 2 show after his death-Brooke Ivey Johnson-Entertainment – Metro

Mark Goodier has just been announced as the new host of Pick of the Pops (Picture: @BBCRadio2)

BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds have finally announced who will be taking over Pick of the Pops following the death of presenter Steve Wright.

Radio legend Mark Goodier will present the show each Saturday afternoon from July, picking up where Wright left off and counting down two charts from two different weeks from the past seven decades on the show.

Mark said of his new role: ‘It’s an honour to host the iconic Pick of the Pops, although I wish it were in happier circumstances as I was friends with Steve for almost 40 years.

‘I can’t wait to reminisce with Radio 2 listeners as we revisit two years in their lives, playing some of the best records ever made.’

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 said: ‘Mark is a brilliant broadcaster with a particular passion for chart countdowns, so I’m delighted he’s making a welcome return to Radio 2 in the prestigious Pick of the Pops slot, to complete our new weekend presenting line-up following the loss of our friend and colleague, Steve.

‘I would also like to thank Gary Davies for presenting Pick of the Pops across these past weeks, in addition to hosting the weekly, must-listen edition of his Sounds of the 80s show each Saturday night.’

Steve Wright died suddenly earlier this year (Picture: BBC)

Mark has been broadcasting since the 1970s, getting his start as a mobile DJ before landing a job as a presenter at a local radio station in Edinburgh.

Since then, he’s become a mainstay on BBC radio, presenting the UK Top 40 on BBC Radio 1 from 1990 to 1992 and 1995 to 2002. Mark has also made appearances on Radio 2 since 2001.

Earlier this month, it was announced that from June, Michael Ball will present Love Songs with Michael Ball, also taking over for Wright.

Wright worked as a DJ since the 1970s and his sudden death was a shock to his fans (Picture: Getty Images)

BBC Radio 2 also announced that Paddy McGuinness will host a new Sunday show from 11am to 1pm from June as Ball moves to Wright’s old time.

Steve Wright died on Monday, February 12, at the age of 69, after paramedics were called to his Marylebone home following an ‘incident.’

His colleagues had reportedly been aware of his ill health, but his death still came as a major shock to many, with fans continuing to grieve the legendary DJ.

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