Radio legend Shaun Keaveny to host new podcast series under Global

Broadcaster returns to roots with breakfast radio-style format

Former BBC 6 Music presenter Shaun Keaveny is returning to his roots with a new weekday drive-time podcast under Global and Radio X, the broadcaster has announced.

Keaveny is known for his time as a radio presenter, having hosted his own breakfast show on the BBC for 14 years, before announcing his departure in September 2021. Since then, Keaveny has hosted a number of other podcasts including Shaun Keaveny’s Show and Tell for Spotify, Sony Music UK’s music podcast The Line-Up and BBC Radio 4 travel series Your Place or Mine. 

Shaun Keaveny’s Daily Grind will see the presenter adopting a similar format and tone to his long-running radio show, including staples like answering listener correspondence and examining the daily papers. The podcast will be available on all major podcast platforms from 16 October and will be released every weekday at 5pm. 

As part of the show, Keaveny will also host a segment every Friday called “It’s Been A Week with…”, in which he speaks to a guest comedian, with confirmed guests including Dave Gorman, Harriet Kemsley, Suzi Ruffell, Josh Pugh, and Rachel Fairburn.

“Did you think I was dead? Did you think I was off living in a cave? Did you think I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar? Do you even know who I am?” said keaveny. “Maybe the answer to all those questions is no, but I hope you say yes I will listen to your podcast because I honestly think it's going to be great.”

“It is a podcast essentially about nothing and everything. Will there be guests? Yes, in a weird way. Will we be in the studio? Yes, but also everywhere...on a canal a pub… If nothing else it will be a mildly diverting daily piece of daft to counteract the daily dread.” 

A number of other former radio presenters have found new platforms and audiences through podcasting, including former BBC Radio 1 breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw and former BBC Radio 1 music presenter Annie Macmanus, both of whom left the corporation in 2021. The erstwhile colleagues have recently reunited - both with each other and with the BBC - to host a new music podcast titled Sidetracked with Annie and Nick, which launches 28 September.

Grimshaw also hosts Waitrose’s hit branded podcast Dish alongside Michelin-star chef Angela Hartnett and Macmanus also hosts her own independent podcast titled Changes.