BBC to launch pop-up digital radio station for Eurovision

The BBC has confirmed plans for a pop-up digital radio station for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

BBC - Eurovision, Molly

BBC Radio 2 Eurovision will compliment the output on BBC Radio 2 and TV channels BBC One and BBC Three. Radio 2 Eurovision will be on air from Thursday 8th May to Sunday 11th May. Over the four days, the station will broadcast from midday to midnight.

Graham Norton’s Saturday Radio 2 show will be simulcast on the extra station. Norton, who leads BBC Eurovision coverage, will be broadcasting live from the host city Copenhagen. He succeeded legendary Eurovision commentator Terry Wogan who last covered the contest in 2008.

Controller of BBC Radio 2, Bob Shennan said: “Listeners to Radio 2 Eurovision will be able to hear highlights of the first semi-final on Thursday afternoon with the second semi-final live on Thursday night. And Paddy O’Connell will be live every day from Denmark with the latest news from behind the scenes, as well as hosting the Eurovision post-show party on the Saturday night.”

Radio 2 Eurovision will feature a range of new programmes. Terry Wogan will front The Luck Of The Irish, looking at why the Irish are so successful at Eurovision. The pop-up station will be available on digital radio, BBC iPlayer Radio App and the UK Radio Player.

The UK is represented by Molly Smitten-Downes (pictured). The 26-year-old from Leicestershire will be hoping to take the crown with her song Children of the Universe.

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest takes place Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday 10th May.

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