Why is Shaun Keaveny leaving 6 Music and what is his new job?

Shaun Keavney has moved on from the BBC (Picture: Getty)

Shaun Keaveny has waved goodbye to BBC Radio 6 Music after 14 years at the station.

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He was at the helm of the weekday afternoon show from 1pm-4pm.

The DJ hosted his last programme on the station on September 10 with a special 90-minute episode inviting listeners in to The Open Arms.

He said a fond farewell to his loyal audience with an eclectic mix of tune, playing the likes of The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Common, Arctic Monkeys and much, much more.

Fans of the presenter needn’t worry as he is fronting a brand new project – all about music of course.

Why did Shaun Keaveny leave 6 Music?

Announcing his exit in July, the presenter explained he was leaving because it was ‘time for a change’.

He said in a statement: ‘Things change, places change, people change, and it’s time for a change, after 14 years (it will seem longer to many) I’m leaving 6 Music. You have been there through births, marriages, deaths, divorces, get togethers, break ups, great sandwiches, bad curries, deceased pets, the lot.

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‘You have been unceasingly funny, always kind, always there with pendantry or support for even the silliest feature idea.

‘I will be back with something soon, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride. In the meantime, feel free to buy me a pint in the Open Arms later, and remember, I love you.’

What is his new job?

On September 10 Shaun revealed he will front podcast The Line-Up ‘in the near future’.

The show will invite music-loving guests to share their dream festival line-up as well as other aspects of their ideal event from snacks to camping.

You CAN find me here in the near future by the way xxx https://t.co/zMbPtFQbap

— Shaun Keaveny 💙 (@shaunwkeaveny) September 10, 2021

Who is taking over from Shaun Keaveny?

Red Dwarf star Craig Charles will be stepping to Shaun’s weekday slot from October.

He said: 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!’

Craig Charles is the new host of the weekday afternoon slot (Picture: Getty)

Shaun approved of the signing, sharing on Twitter: ‘My funk soul brother, you’re one of my favourite people in broadcasting. You know this.

‘We used to joke whenever you stood in for me on Breakfast it was in fact I who was standing in for you til you could dep again, so popular you were! You’re going to be so good. OPEN THE TRUNK!’

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His programme has been tipped as ‘an uplifting and ecelctic mix of music with guests from across the worlds of music, comedy, TV & film.’

The former Coronation Street star also hosts 6 Music’s Funk and Soul Show on Saturdays and The Craig Charles House Party on Radio 2.

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