Mark Goodier returns to BBC Radio 2 as Pick of the Pops host

Mark Goodier is heading back to BBC Radio 2 as host of Pick of the Pops following the passing of Steve Wright.

Mark has most recently been on Greatest Hits Radio but was replaced by Ken Bruce on the mid-morning show when Ken moved from Radio 2 just over a year ago.

Pick of the Pops, which is produced by 7digital, will continue to count down two charts from two different weeks from the past seven decades each Saturday lunchtime from 1pm.

Mark, who’s got the best music, says: “It’s an honour to host the iconic Pick of the Pops, although I wish it were in happier circumstances as I was friends with Steve for almost 40 years. I can’t wait to reminisce with Radio 2 listeners as we revisit two years in their lives, playing some of the best records ever made.”

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 says: “Mark is a brilliant broadcaster with a particular passion for chart countdowns, so I’m delighted he’s making a welcome return to Radio 2 in the prestigious Pick of the Pops slot, to complete our new weekend presenting line-up following the loss of our friend and colleague, Steve.

“I would also like to thank Gary Davies for presenting Pick of the Pops across these past weeks, in addition to hosting the weekly, must-listen edition of his Sounds of the 80s show each Saturday night.”

Earlier this month, it was announced that from June, Michael Ball – who currently presents on Sundays (11am-1pm) – will present Love Songs with Michael Ball (9-11am) and Paddy McGuinness will host a new Sunday show (11am-1pm) as Michael moves to the earlier time.