© 2020 by Scott M. Duffield

  • Scott Duffield

She's on the Ball - The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show starts

Zoe Ball - image by BBC

Back in November when Chris Evans announced he would be leaving the station to move to Virgin Radio speculation was rife with who would be taking over. Today, Monday 14th January, Zoe Ball launched her brand-new breakfast show, on the UK’s most popular radio show.

Ball is no stranger to the early slot, having previously hosted to Radio 1 breakfast show and the Radio 2 weekend breakfast show. She is the first woman to host the Radio 2 Breakfast Show. Ball's experience in other BBC Breakfast slots clearly doesn't reduce the nerves or excitement around a new show as she speaks on twitter:

Following Tina Daheley’s 6.30am news bulletin, Ball took to the microphone “Hello my name is Zoe…” a simplistic but effective start to the show. She continued with her first record, having been speaking on social media about how tricky choosing a first track had been, record of choice was Aretha Franklin’s RESPECT – a classic!

Listeners can expect a few changes to the breakfast slot, with Ball’s new segment “7 second shoutout” giving viewers only 7 seconds to complete their phone-in shoutout! BBC News are also reporting that other features in the show include “Why Wednesdays” – allowing listeners to have their questions answered by QI researchers, and The Ken O’Clock News at 9.30 in the build-up to Ken Bruce’s show.

Zoe is not the only new addition to the Breakfast Show with a new team joining including Tina Daheley on news, Mike Williams on sport and Richie Anderson on travel – sticking around from The Chris Evans Breakfast Show is producer Graham Albans.

The new show is one of several schedule changes for 2019 – with Sarah Cox taking over from Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley in the ‘Drivetime’ 5-7pm slot, Jo Whiley from 7-9pm and Trevor Nelson taking over from Sarah Cox in the 10pm to midnight slot Monday – Thursday. Joining the Radio 2 family is Rylan Clark-Neal taking Zoe Ball’s former Saturday slot 3-6pm.

The 48-year-old said features on the new show would include Why Wednesdays, where researchers from QI will answer listeners' questions, and The Ken O'Clock News, building up to Ken Bruce at 09:30.

After a week, it will be clear what type of show Ball will be hosting – first day nerves and jitters were expected, as she inherits some 9 million listeners, but it’s clear Ball is making this slot her own!

The show is available to listen back on BBC Sounds.