Why is Scott Mills on Radio 2 today and where is Ken Bruce?

Why is Scott Mills on Radio 2 today?
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Why is Scott Mills on Radio 2 today and where is Ken Bruce?

Radio 2 listeners were in for a surprise when they tuned in to the BBC radio station to discover that DJ Scott Mills was on the airwaves instead of their usual host Ken Bruce this week.

Ken, who normally does the 9.30am until 12noon show on the radio channel that also has the likes of The Masked Dancer star Zoe Ball doing her breakfast show and BBC Radio 1's Greg James, was missing and regular listeners have noticed.

One tweeted, 'Anyone know why Ken Bruce isn't on radio 2 at the moment?"

Another fan admitted, 'Been a Radio 2 listener for 30 years. Ken Bruce is fantastic & irreplaceable. Scott Mills is talented but suited to R1. He is not a R2 style presenter. Little rapport with R2 audience, however much the BBC want to change it. Gary Davies or Trevor Nelson fit the bill."

One more agreed, 'Trevor does, was on Popmaster with him. He was lovely"

So, why is Scott Mills on Radio 2 this week and where is Ken Bruce?

Why is Scott Mills on Radio 2 today?

Scott Mills is covering for regular host Ken Bruce this week. The DJ has taken on double shifts - covering Ken's Radio 2 morning show of 9.30am until 12noon as well as co-hosting his own regular show on BBC Radio 1 from 1pm until 3.30pm with Chris Stark.

He tweeted Monday morning (May 23rd) to his 1.2m followers and captioned it, "All week I'm sitting in for Ken Bruce on @BBCRadio2 from 9.30am Each day @mimiwebb will be picking her 'Tracks of My Years' just after 11.30am  Come and join me on @BBCSounds."

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It’s the second time Scott has filled in on a daily show on BBC Radio 2 and continue to host his regular programme, although, back in 2018 he did two shows on a Bank Holiday Monday with the first running from 1pm till 4pm on Radio 1 followed by a second show from 4pm until 7pm on Radio 2.

Scott is going to be busy as he also has a weekend show on 5 Live that he also hosts with Chris Stark.

One fan tweeted their support, "Fantastic! I do like it when you step in - I’d like you to have a permanent spot. You’re warm, kind, funny and goofy like me".

Where is Ken Bruce today?

Ken Bruce appears to have left his BBC Radio 2 show for the week to go on holiday. The long-standing Scottish broadcaster is best known for hosting his long-running weekday mid-morning show on BBC Radio 2. Fans asked 'where is Zoe Ball?' last month when she took a break, and now listeners are asking after Ken, who is also taking a well-earned break.

Ken tweeted a countryside snap and captioned it, "Tough audience" as he uploaded a photo of a herd of cows in a field.

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Why isn't Ken Bruce on Radio 2?

Radio host Ken Bruce isn't on Radio 2 this week as he is on annual leave. Having taken the week off, Ken has left his show in the hands of DJ Scott Mills, who usually co-hosts a show with Chris Stark on BBC Radio 1.

Last year he shared with fans the news that he had become the owner of a new kitten called Zak. So no doubt he will be spending some of his time off with his feline friend.

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But some fans can't wait for the host to return, with one teasing, 'Bring back Ken Bruce, Scott Mills is awful at Popmaster!'

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for Goodto.com, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.