Craig Charles to replace Shaun Keaveny at BBC Radio 6 Music

Schedule changes coming to 6 Music this September include Craig Charles replacing Shaun Keaveny on the afternoon shift.

Shaun announced in June 2021 that he was leaving the network after 14 years.

Craig will host the show from Salford in addition to his weekend shows on 6 Music and BBC Radio 2.

Elsewhere, Iggy Confidential, fronted by Iggy Pop, will be transporting his eclectic record box from Friday nights (7-9pm) to a new home on Sunday afternoons (4-6pm), following Guy Garvey (2-4pm).

Amy Lamé will move from Sunday afternoons (4-6pm) to Early Weekend Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings (6-8am).

Chris Hawkins will continue to present Early Breakfast each weekday (5-7.30am).

The Radcliffe and Maconie Weekend Breakfast Show will now kick off an hour later and will be broadcast from 8-10am.

Plans for the new Friday 7-9pm show will be announced in due course.


Talking about his new weekday show, Craig Charles says: “I’m made up to be able to present a brand new show on 6 Music later this year. So, join me each weekday afternoon for a cup of tea, a chat and where I’ll be playing some cracking tunes from across the musical spectrum. I can’t wait to get started – bring it on!”

Samantha Moy, Head of 6 Music, says: “Craig Charles has been part of the 6 Music family since we first arrived on the airwaves in 2002. Over the years, his Funk and Soul show has become must listen radio on Saturday nights – bags of brilliant records and loads of laughter. We can look forward to more of the same on weekday afternoons – with an even bigger record bag – full of music from across the genres and eras, right up to the present day – here on 6 Music.”

Iggy says: “Whether you’re dealing with the nettles in your garden, drinking pints, enjoying a rendezvous, making a roast, or just being secret, I’m gonna love having a Sunday afternoon hang on BBC Radio 6 Music. The music will flow and shift and I hope the time passes happily. This is making me grin.”

Amy says: “I’m looking forward to meeting a whole new audience of 6 Music listeners, so do join me, whether you’re a night owl returning from a club dancefloor, or an early bird getting ready for your day.”

Mark Radcliffe says: “I’m thrilled to be continuing with the 6 Music Weekend Breakfast Show and even more thrilled that I get an extra hour in bed after the enlightened management have listened to my whinging. I’m getting on a bit you know and have been asking them to take pity on my age and decrepitude for some time. Stuart and I love doing the show and the direct connection with the listeners, but now we can all start when we’ve had the chance to properly wake up.”

Stuart Maconie says: “As one of the world’s leading influencers and self-help gurus, I tell my many, many followers that change is to be embraced. And this is certainly one change that I can get my arms around. An extra hour in bed and a more relaxed start will make me even more energised and excited about starting your Saturday and Sunday with 6 Music Weekend Breakfast. But don’t worry, there’ll be just as many of the thought-provoking items and high-octane entertainment you’ve grown used to. You just won’t have to get up quite so early to enjoy it.”

Samantha Moy, Head of 6 Music added: “Iggy Pop. A true icon – and one that we are honoured to say is also a beloved 6 Music presenter. He will be bringing his Iggy Confidential show to Sunday afternoons – the perfect way to shake off those weekend blues.

“I’m very happy to give Mark and Stuart the lie-in they deserve, so we can all expect an even livelier Radcliffe & Maconie show from 8am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. And I’m very pleased to say that Amy Lamé will now present two shows on 6 Music, with her Early Weekend Breakfast show on Saturday and Sundays from 6am.”