Listeners have given mixed reactions after the BBC announced Bolton's Paddy McGuinness will be taking over shows from the late great DJ Steve Wright.

Following the death of the long time Radio 2 host Wright, who died aged 69 on February 12, the BBC has said today, Tuesday, that Paddy and singer Michael Ball will be the new replacements.

Paddy, 50, will also be presenting a new show in June as well.

On social media, a BBC spokesperson said: "@BBCRadio2 & @BBCSounds announce new programming and specials, including Love Songs with Michael Ball and a new Sunday show for Paddy McGuinness Plus Romesh Ranganathan, Jane McDonald, Bob Harris, Beverley Knight, Tony Blackburn, Judi Love and more!"

Paddy shared his own message on social media platform Instagram.

He said: "Absolutely buzzing to announce this.

"Thank you for all your lovely messages and support after I sat in for Rylan and Sarah.

"To be given my very own regular show on the legendary @bbcradio2 is a dream come true."

But not everyone was quite so supportive of the Bolton-born and bred star.

One X user said: "Why are you giving airtime to celebrities - poor ones at that instead of encouraging new talent! Glad Michael Ball, Bob Harris and Tony Blackburn are still on!"

Another said: "Paddy McGuiness - just no! Do you ever consult your existing audiences?"

But Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, was more positive about the replacements, and said: "Although these are changes that we’d rather not be making, given the circumstances, I’m delighted to welcome Paddy and Michael to their new Sunday slots on Radio 2.

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"I’m looking forward to Michael’s new earlier show, where he’ll entertain his 'lovelies' as he's always done, and Paddy made a huge impression on our listeners when he sat in for Rylan as well as with his Easter specials."

And over on Paddy's Instagram, his fans expressed their delight about the change.

One said; "Hi Paddy, this is amazing news I was thinking of a petition for you to get your own show.

"I never laughed so much at the 'worst jobs ever' and you play the best music too.

"So pleased for you."