Sunderland-born Lauren Laverne to be voice of BBC Newcastle
BBC Newcastle has announced that Sunderland-born Lauren Laverne will be the new voice of the station.
Laverne, currently a DJ on Radio 6 Music, has recorded a number of jingles and idents that will be played out on the station from May 2.
She will take over from the lead singer of ACDC, Brian Johnson, who has been the voice of BBC Newcastle since 2013.
Laverne said: “I am thrilled that BBC Newcastle asked me to be their voice of the station. I have enjoyed listening to Brian’s voice on the station over the last few years and it’s an honour to step into his shoes.
"I hope I have injected some of my own personality into the jingles, and look forward to hearing myself as I drive around the North East.”
Doug Morris, managing editor of BBC Newcastle, added: “I am a big fan of Lauren’s work and after she presented our People's History Of Pop programme, I was delighted when she agreed to bring her voice to BBC Newcastle."
Before Johnson, One Show presenter Matt Baker provided the voice of the station.