Johnny Vaughan to join Absolute Radio this summer

Ex-Capital DJ will host the station's coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Johnny Vaughan is joining Absolute Radio to present the station’s Olympics coverage over the summer.

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The former Big Breakfast presenter, who left his £1m-a-year role at Capital FM in November 2011, will join Absolute in the build-up to the Games.

He said: “For two weeks this summer we’re celebrating the two greatest things Great Britain has given the world – sport and music. So I’m really looking forward to celebrating both.”

From the day of the Olympics opening ceremony, Friday 27 July, Vaughan will broadcast a daily two-hour show at 5pm, “specifically scheduled to appeal to audiences as the country travels home for the duration of the Games.”

The programme will feature interviews with famous Olympians, presenters, musicians and comedians about the “day’s talking points on and off the track” and will be syndicated across Absolute’s network of digital stations.

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Vaughan is reportedly only under contract for the fortnight in which the Games take place, but the station “see this as the start of a relationship with Johnny and it could lead to other things”.