talkRADIO, a new speech radio station set to launch on the 21st March, has today announced that the much-loved broadcaster Eamonn Holmes will be presenting a regular weekend show on the hotly anticipated personality-driven station.
Let’s Talk With Eamonn Holmes (Sundays, 11am-1pm) will feature an in-depth interview with a major household name each week, starting with Baroness Karren Brady CBE, business woman and star of The Apprentice (BBC1), on Sunday 27th March.
Eamonn is the quintessential breakfast show host, working on ITV’s GMTV for 13 years and Sky’s Sunrise since 2005. No stranger to radio, he has also presented The Eamonn Holmes Show for six years on BBC 5 Live every Saturday morning.
Speaking of his forthcoming role on talkRADIO, Eamonn said: “You may think you know the people who I will be talking to but, the beauty with talkRADIO is that it will give me time to find out about the bits that no one knows. I hope listeners will feel privy to eavesdropping on a conversation rather than an interrogation.”
talkRADIO has also announced that the afternoon slot (weekdays, 1-4pm) will be presented by comedian and broadcaster Jon Holmes, with his show bringing a fresh blend of comedy and lively discussion. Jon is an eight-time Sony Radio Academy Award and BAFTA winning presenter, with a rich career in radio under his belt encompassing shows on BBC 6Music, Radio 1, Radio 2, and 5Live, before presenting the Xfm Breakfast show.
A regular on BBC Radio and the Asian Network, Yasmeen Khan is also confirmed to present talkRADIO’s Drivetime every Friday (4-7pm).
talkRADIO will broadcast a number of specialist magazine shows at the weekend, with topics covered including property, motoring, consumer affairs, comedy, sex and relationships, and the paranormal.
Gazumped with Martin Roberts (Saturday 11-1pm), best known for his role as host of BBC1’s Homes Under the Hammer, will focus on all aspects of property, including home improvements, celebrity houses, and the latest trends in interior design.
Andy Jaye, an experienced live sport broadcaster and huge motor enthusiast, will present Motors and Megabytes (Saturday 3-6pm) which will feature car reviews from sports to classic, dream drives, and the best in innovative auto design. The magazine-style show will also feature segments on the latest gadgets.
The nation’s weekend fry up will now be accompanied by TV and radio presenter Penny Smith, who will host Saturday Breakfast (8-11am), while Jake Yapp’s Comedian’s Breakfast (8am-11am) will add some humour to Sunday mornings.
Consumer affairs will be covered by Alexis Conran, on The Radio Hustle (Saturdays, 1-3pm), while a regular on the comedy circuit, Bob Mills, takes Sunday evening, with Stand Up for Bob Mills (Sundays, 7-10pm).
TV Presenter Anna Williamson discusses all things showbiz, sex and relationships every Saturday night (9-12am), while Howard Hughes will round off the weekend with paranormal show The Unexplained with Howard Hughes (Sundays, 10pm-1am). The Two Mikes with Mike Graham and Mike Parry will provide the entertainment on overnights (Monday – Thursday, 1am-6am).
Dennie Morris, Managing Editor for talkRADIO, said, “We’re incredibly excited about the line-up for talkRADIO – Eamonn Holmes is a very experienced interviewer and adept at bringing out the best in people, while presenters such as Martin Roberts, Penny Smith and Alexis Conran are exceptional talents and can really bring listeners something different. Our content is hugely unique, with shows ranging from homes and motors, to comedy and the supernatural, so we can’t wait to get on the air, and put our stamp of passion, intelligence and flair on the radio landscape.”
talkRADIO’s weekday presenter line-up includes Paul Ross (6am – 10am), Julia Hartley-Brewer (10am – 1pm), Sam Delaney (4pm – 7pm), Jonny Gould feat. Ash (7pm – 10pm), Iain Lee (10pm – 1am) and George Galloway (Fridays from 6th May, 7-10pm).