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Ken Bruce fans happy as DJ brings Popmaster back on Greatest Hits Radio

The legendary broadcaster left the BBC last month

Radio presenter Ken Bruce in the Global Radio studios, central London, ahead of his new show with Greatest Hits Radio. The 72-year-old radio DJ said he is
Ken Bruce has returned to radio. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Ken Bruce's return to the airwaves on Greatest Hits Radio has been warmly greeted by fans.

The legendary radio broadcaster announced in January that he would be leaving the BBC after broadcasting for Radio 2 since 1984.

Bruce then confirmed he was joining Greatest Hits Radio and bringing the popular Popmaster segment with him.

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Bruce's first radio appearance since 3 March was well received by fans. One listener tweeted: "Listening to @RealKenBruce’s first link… it’s like he’s never been away!

"Legendary broadcaster at the station where musical legends live on… what a way to start the first week of April!"

Ken Bruce is a host at Greatest Hits Radio. (Bauer Media)
Ken Bruce is a host at Greatest Hits Radio. (Bauer Media)

Another said: "Ken Bruce playing Let’s Stick Together as the final song before he introduces the quiz that’s scored him a legion of loyal listeners on a new station.

"Very good. Won't lie, it's gonna take some getting used to without the usual jingles etc. Feels like a different beast!"

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One listener in particularly loved how Bruce started his tenure at Greatest Hits Radio: "#kenbruce ended Radio2 with the Beatles & starts his new show with the same. Timeless brilliance form the master DJ."

Another was just glad Bruce had a new home to broadcast from: "The world is back to normal #KenBruce back on the radio and #popmaster back!"

Scottish veteran broadcaster Ken Bruce leaving BBC Wogan House in London, after his last day presenting his BBC Radio 2 show, which he has hosted for 31 years. Picture date: Friday March 3, 2023. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ken Bruce has started on Greatest Hits Radio after 31 years on Radio 2. (Getty Images)

Bruce had presented on Radio 2 for 31 years where at the time of his departure he still drew 8 million weekly listeners but failed to agree a new contract with the BBC.

He signed off from his celebrated stint at the BBC with a melody of songs from the Beatles' Abbey Road album and introduced himself on Greatest Hits with Come Together from the same album.

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Bruce kept the rights to the Popmaster quiz after having never sold it to the BBC and there are now rumours it will be spun-off into its own show on either radio or TV.

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