Graham Norton to join Virgin Radio in 2021

Radio and TV presenter Graham Norton is joining Virgin Radio UK.

The new “flagship weekend show”, which will launch in the new year, will be on Virgin Radio every Saturday and Sunday.

“I am excited and a little surprised to be joining Virgin Radio UK in 2021,” said Graham.

“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?”

Graham Norton currently hosts the Saturday morning programme on BBC Radio 2. The station announced last week that Graham had decided to leave the network after ten years. Graham Norton took over from Jonathan Ross on the Saturday morning slot in 2010 and will host his final BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday 19th December.

Speaking about the decision to leave BBC Radio 2, Graham Norton said: “Obviously I’m sad to be stepping away from my Radio 2 show. I’ll miss being a part of the Wogan House family, as well as the listeners and their lives. I’d like to thank my producer Malcolm Prince and all the teams I’ve worked with for a great decade of radio.”

He will continue to work on his chat show, Eurovision and Drag Race on BBC television.

Virgin Radio returned to the UK when it launched on digital radio in 2016. Former BBC Radio 2 breakfast presenter Chris Evans moved to the digital station in 2019. The station has expanded with spin-off stations Virgin Radio Anthems, Virgin Radio Chilled and most recently Virgin Radio Groove. Virgin is available on DAB digital radio, smart speakers, in apps, Sky channel 0215 and Freesat channel 736.

Weekend mornings on Virgin Radio currently feature the best of the Chris Evans breakfast show and The Chris Evans Wellness Weekender.