Top Gear's Hammond to spend Bank Holidays on Radio 2

LONDON - BBC Radio 2 has drafted in 'Top Gear' presenter Richard Hammond to host four Bank Holiday shows between Good Friday and the end of the year.

His first show is on Friday April 6 from 2pm-4pm. According to the station, the shows will be music-based.

Hammond began his career in BBC local radio, working for the corporation's York, Cumbria, Leeds and Lancashire stations, before he joined the Men & Motors TV channel as a presenter in 1998. He has worked on 'Top Gear' since 2002, famously surviving a 288mph crash when being filmed in an attempt to break a speed record last September.

Lesley Douglas, the controller of Radio 2, described Hammond as "a warm, funny and clever broadcaster who has never lost his radio roots".

She said: "These specials will give him the opportunity to get close to the audience in a way only radio can -- in a live, interactive and creative environment."

Radio 2 is the UK's most popular station with a 15.8% share of all listening in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with 16% a year earlier.

 

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