Radio DJ Jo Whiley talks about the ageism debate, and her new Sky show

by Lynn Connolly

Jo Whiley has worked as a radio DJ for 18 years, but now, she’s branching out to present a self-titled show on Sky.

The show will showcase movie news as well as all the latest from the world of music. And for Jo, the new show demonstrates that you’re never too old to try something different.

She also sees it as a reply to those who yelled ‘ageism’ after her show was shifted from Radio 1 to Radio 2 earlier this year.

Speaking to The Sun about that, Jo said, “It is an obvious thing for people to say.

“But the whole idea that you get to a certain age and then you can’t be on Radio 1 is just not true.

“Look at people like Tim Westwood (54), Pete Tong (51) and Annie Nightingale (69).

“They are all still there. For people to throw ageism around is just lazy…

“I wanted to move and I decided to. I’ve joined Radio 2 and I love it. I’ve got lots of texts from people who said they had never listened to Radio 2 before and now they do.

“I love the freedom there and the fact we can play music by new artists as well as the classic stuff.

“I am so passionate about music and it definitely isn’t like you get to a certain age and then switch off. I reckon I’ll be buried with my headphones on!”

Of her new show in Sky, Jo said, “It’s going to be very topical. We want to delve into issues that everyone is talking about.

“So if Amy Winehouse had just died, for example, we’d talk about the pressures of being in the music industry.

“It’s a talk show and we want to look at stuff people can relate to. It is all about people chatting honestly and in depth.

“As soon as I was approached about it, I was chuffed to bits. It couldn’t be more perfect for me.”

The Jo Whiley Show begins at 10pm on Friday on Sky Arts 1.

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.