Belfast Telegraph

Monday 4 May 2015

Danny Baker to return to radio

Danny Baker is hoping to return to his radio show
Danny Baker is hoping to return to his radio show

Danny Baker says he plans to "un-retire" this month with a return to the airwaves following treatment for cancer.

The presenter - who joked that he was tired of watching vintage movies - has been off-air since he was diagnosed with the disease in October.

Danny, 53, said he was "croaky, thinner but none the wiser".

He is "to give it another go" with his comeback on BBC London on April 18. A date for his return to BBC Radio 5 Live has still to be finalised, but is expected at the end of next month.

In a jokey blog he said he expected to make only a slight dent on Radio 2's audience when he takes over from stand-in Gary Crowley.

He wrote: "I realise this will reduce Steve Wright's overall audience figures by more than 300, but it's a tough game we're in Steve. It's just a few vowels from Radio To Rodeo you know."

Danny - who has also been prominent presenter for shows on Radio 1 and Radio 2 - announced his illness in November, shortly before undergoing chemotherapy.

He said at the time: "Once the quacks have soundly thrashed this thing I shall return like a rare gas and as if out of a trap."

He had been due to begin radiotherapy in January of this year.

Danny, also well-known as a scriptwriter for his friend Chris Evans, said he would be back "unless the medics make some last gasp cruel objection".

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