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Cerys Matthews will host a new music show for BBC Radio 4

Cerys Matthews will present a new music show for BBC Radio 4 as part of expanded arts programming, which will also see a longer airtime for Front Row.

dd To Playlist will be hosted by broadcaster and singer Matthews, along with writer, teacher and broadcaster Jeffrey Boakye.

The station has announced three new arts programs, while flagship arts program Front Row will be extended to 45 minutes.

Each week, Add To Playlist presenters and guests will create a track-by-track playlist, linking each track to the next with their own knowledge of musicology, music history, and a touch of serendipity.

Matthews said: “I am so honored to launch Radio 4’s brand new music series with Jeffrey.

“It will be a real mix of musical styles and tastes, with listeners taken on a journey through the history of music and how it is interconnected.

“I hope listeners enjoy the ride, discover something new, and maybe expand their own personal playlists.”

Boakye added, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this series, which I know is going to be incredibly special.

“Cerys and I share such a deep love for music, and this is the perfect platform for us to convey that passion to BBC Radio 4 listeners.

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“’Excited’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. I can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on.

A new film show, Screenshot, will be co-hosted by Ellen E Jones and Mark Kermode and will take listeners on a journey through film and screen culture, while This Cultural Life, hosted by John Wilson, will feature in-depth interviews with the most important practitioners of the arts working today.


Mark Kermode will host a new movie show (Victoria Jones/PA)

Mark Kermode will host a new movie show (Victoria Jones/PA)

Starting in the fall, Front Row will air Monday through Thursday for an extended run of 45 minutes, up from 30 minutes, with two regular presenters, Samira Ahmed and Tom Sutcliffe.

It will feature more regional coverage, as well as interviews and guests from across the arts industry.

Each Thursday, the program will focus on reviews and critiques of major new openings, releases and arts events.

Mohit Bakaya, controller of BBC Radio 4, said: “The arts matter. At all times, but especially during times of uncertainty and change, culture provides an important lens that helps deepen our understanding of the world around us.

“However, the way we consume and experience arts and culture is changing.

“I would like our artistic programming to be even more ambitious and intellectually curious.

“The new film and music shows will explore our evolving relationship with these two important genres due to the changing digital landscape and the wonderful opportunities for discovery, while forging fascinating new connections between past and present.

“The expanded Front Row will keep listeners in on Britain’s most important cultural activity.

“There will be more space for coverage and criticism of contemporary film releases, in particular, but also deeper exploration of the worlds of performance art, visual arts and literature.

“Finally, This Cultural Life will do for the arts what Life Scientific has done for science – giving us deep insight into what drives our key creative minds.”