‘Chuffed’ Sara Cox, 43, is named new presenter of Radio 2’s Drivetime show after Simon Mayo walked out on BBC role
Sara Cox will present Radio 2’s Drivetime show after Simon Mayo became the latest male presenter to quit following the BBC gender pay gap controversy.
Miss Cox is the second female DJ to be catapulted into a top broadcasting job, after her friend Zoe Ball took over from Chris Evans as host of the Radio 2 Breakfast show.
Cox, 43, pictured, currently presents the weekday 10pm-midnight show, but will now host the weekday Drivetime from 5-7pm. She replaces Simon Mayo who quit after 17 years at the station.
Sara Cox (pictured) will present Radio 2’s Drivetime show after Simon Mayo became the latest male presenter to quit following the BBC gender pay gap controversy
The original fallout from the row, when it emerged two-thirds of top earners were men, led to him sharing his primetime slot with Jo Whiley.
The move in May was criticised by listeners as a ‘failed gender equality experiment’ while others said Whiley had been given the co-hosting job out of ‘political correctness’ and ‘tokenism’.
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It is not known what Miss Cox will be paid but Mayo, 60, reportedly earned about £350,000 last year.
Cox said her new role is the ‘icing on the cake’, adding: ‘I’m beyond chuffed to be given this role and to directly quote my mum on hearing the good news, it is indeed “fandabbyruddydozy”.’
The original fallout from the row, when it emerged two-thirds of top earners were men, led to Simon Mayo (right) sharing his primetime slot with Jo Whiley (right)
Sara Cox’s career at the BBC so far…
Sara Cox presented The Radio 1 Breakfast Show between 2000 and 2003
- Sara Cox presented The Radio 1 Breakfast Show between 2000 and 2003 and currently hosts on BBC Radio 2.
- From 2000 to 2003, she co-hosted the Saturday lunchtime show but was then replaced by Chris Moyles and changed to a drivetime slot.
- After a year of maternity leave in 2004, Sara returned the following year to host the afternoon show on BBC Radio 1.
- In June 2011, Sara began hosting the fourth series of the comedy programme Hot Gossip on BBC Radio 2.
- Sara joined BBC Radio 2 for her first regular show each Saturday night in 2013 presenting a 1980s show
- In May 2018 Sara began a new show on Radio 2 from Monday to Thursday between 10 pm and midnight.
- She was replaced as host of Sounds of the 80s by Gary Davies; Cox presented her final edition of the show on May 11, 2018.
- She has continued to stand in for Chris Evans on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show when he is unavailable, and was heavily linked with replacing him permanently when he leaves the BBC at the end of 2018 but lost out to Zoë Ball.
- However, she will continue to be the stand in presenter.
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