Fearne Cotton gets Radio 2 Breakfast cover job

Fearne Cotton will deputise for Zoe Ball when she takes holidays from the Radio 2 breakfast show, with comedian Matt Lucas looking after the show on Bank Holidays.

Zoe announced the news this morning, with Fearne coming in to the studio for a chat about it as well as talking about hosting Popmaster and how Fearne used to be a big fan of Live & Kicking.

Fearne has been covering shows on Radio 2 since July 2016 – including looking after Graham Norton, Ken Bruce and Claudia Winkleman’s programmes. She also covered breakfast when Chris Evans was off last Easter, though in the main Chris’ cover presenters were Sara Cox or Mark Goodier.

In almost 10 years at Radio 1 from September 2005 to May 2015, Fearne did Friday early breakfast, the Chart Show and weekday mid-mornings which she took over from Jo Whiley in 2009.

Fearne also now presents the Happy Place podcast. Appearing with Zoe on Radio 2 this morning she said: “I’m going to do my best – Thank you for allowing me to do it! This seems like a very lovely team – very relaxed, all nice and gorge.”

Zoe’s first holiday from the new Radio 2 breakfast show will be in March. Matt Lucas will look after the show on Bank Holidays – he covered for Steve Wright on a Bank Holiday in May last year, and also presented Christmas with the Stars on Christmas Day 2018 on the station.