Paul O’Grady raves about hosting new radio show and joins BBC’s ‘rival’ station

Paul O’Grady has teamed up with Boom Radio and will host a show on Easter Sunday.

The veteran presenter, 67, quit Radio 2 in August, confirming at the time that he was ‘unhappy’.

Paul first worked with Boom last year when he presented a festive special and has now hinted he may be a regular fixture at the station.

Of the new gig, the TV star raved: ‘It’s great to be working with the team at Boom again. It already feels like my new radio home.’

He added to MailOnline, which branded Boom Radio a ‘rival’ station to the BBC: ‘My producer Malcolm and I are looking forward to our special TeamPOG show on Easter Sunday – who knows, this could be the start of a regular gig.’

Speaking last month to about his decision to leave Radio 2, Paul claimed the station isn’t what it was, saying: ‘They’re aiming for a much younger audience, which doesn’t make sense.’

Asked if he was disappointed about potentially having to share a slot with Rob Beckett, Paul candidly replied: ‘I was, because I’m a great believer in continuity. If you go off for 13 weeks and somebody else comes on, the listeners don’t know when you’re back on. Radio 2 has changed, it’s not what it was.’

He added: ‘They’re trying to aim for a much younger audience, which doesn’t make sense because you’ve got Radio 1. Radio 2 was always for an older audience.’

Speaking about his decision to leave Radio 2 in August, Paul said on social media: ‘The reason I’m leaving, because everybody’s asked me this, it’s because I wasn’t really happy with the 13 weeks on/13 weeks off business.

‘So, I did the honourable thing and I honoured my contract, gave my notice and now I’m off.’

The presenter concluded: ‘Anyway, thanks very much and good luck to everyone on Radio 2 and long may you continue!’ has approached Paul’s reps for further comment.

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