The BBC has announced that it will be launching its new BBC Radio 5 Live overnight show, which will simulcast across its 39 local BBC radio stations.
Starting from Monday 6th July, Dotun Adebayo, who has been the host of the 01:00 – 05:00 show each weekend for nine years on the national station, will host the new show every weeknight.
During lockdown the overnight programme on 5 Live began speaking to many more callers and was heard through the night on all BBC local radio stations. This audience interaction and conversation has worked well and it will remain at the heart of Dotun’s new show.
Adebayo says, “This programme has always been for night people who like to talk – driving home or home alone or listening through headphones because your partner’s asleep in the bed beside you. Over recent months the conversation has taken us to every nook and cranny in the country where it has been needed more than ever. Every call tells a story.”
The show also welcomes back South American football expert, Tim Vickery as the World Football Phone-In returns on Tuesday mornings, with the Virtual Jukebox in a new home on Thursdays. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings are night club nights where Dotun dims the lights and turns up the volume of calls.
Commenting on the new show, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, Heidi Dawson said, “Dotun is the master of late night radio and at a time of national uncertainty his show has connected with audiences in an extra special way. It is the perfect time for his programme to move to five nights on the station. Now, Dotun can continue to be there for listeners through the early hours to share experiences, opinions and fears during the most difficult time in our recent history.”
Dotun Adebayo MBE grew up in Tottenham, at the age of 12 he fell in love with radio so much that he convinced the producers of Network Africa to use him as a contributor. He’s published seven books including bestsellers – Yardie (which became a major motion picture directed by Idris Elba) Baby Father (later turned into a 12 part TV series) Can I Have My Balls Back Please and Sperm Bandits (which both became television documentaries.)
Dotun was awarded an MBE for ‘services to the arts’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on January 20, 2009. He has been a regular presenter on BBC Radio London since 1993 and has presented ‘Up All Night with Dotun Adebayo’ at weekends for nine years on 5 Live.