Furious Radio 2 listeners dub new quiz a ‘Poundland Popmaster’ after Ken Bruce left – and took his much-loved game with him
- Radio 2 has been accused of launching a replica of Ken Bruce’s Popmaster quiz
- This morning’s ‘Ten Top The Top’ quiz in the same slot was noted to be similar
Radio 2 has been accused of launching a replica of Ken Bruce’s Popmaster quiz in the morning slot he formerly hosted.
The legendary Scottish DJ exited the station last week after more than three decades, moving over to rival Greatest Hits Radio.
The BBC has since moved to create an alternative to Popmaster, which helped Bruce’s show show hit its peach audience at 10.30am, iNews reports.
Radio 2 stars Zoe Ball and Richie Anderson were among the first players in the morning show Ten To The Top unveiled by Gary Davies, which featured similar elements to Popmaster.
The game asks two contestants ten questions in manner similar to pop music, in a manner similar to its predecessor.
Veteran DJ Ken Bruce stepped down from his popular BBC Radio 2 show last week and is set to be succeeded by Vernon Kay in April
The Scottish DJ was a Radio 2 legend after hosting his show for over three decades, his exit follows a slew of similar departures from BBC DJs in an ongoing ‘agesim’ row
Under the new formula, contestants gain extra points when they answer the questions in the correct order.
The Ten to the Top quiz allows participants to score double points for a question after playing ‘the joker’.
Social media listeners called the quiz ‘a copy’.
One person tweeted: ‘What is this garbage on Radio 2? Don’t mind Gary Davies but absolutely no point in having a quiz which is like a Poundland Popmaster.’
Another added: ‘It’s a Popmaster Champions League carbon copy! Anyway, back to GHR.’
Other players insisted the scoring system was ‘confusing’ and made it harder to participate alongside.
The quiz is slated to continue when Vernon Kay takes over Bruce’s old slot in the schedule, having become a firm fan favourite.
One person tweeted: ‘What is this garbage on Radio 2? Don’t mind Gary Davies but absolutely no point in having a quiz which is like a Poundland Popmaster’
Another added: ‘It’s a Popmaster Champions League carbon copy! Anyway, back to GHR’
A BBC spokesman said: ‘Radio 2 listeners have enjoyed a weekday music quiz at 10.30am for decades and this will continue with our brand new quiz, Ten To The Top, for our new mid-morning show.’
Radio 2 has been accused of ageism after a mass departure of some of its best-known hosts.
Steve Wright, 68, Paul O’Grady, 67, Vanessa Feltz, 60, and Simon Mayo, 64, have all bid adieu from the station in recent months.
A source told the Sun: ‘Ken is Europe’s most listened-to DJ and has nothing left to prove at the BBC.
‘He’s had an incredible time working there and is so grateful for the loyalty of all his listeners.
‘But in recent years, there’s been a noticeable shift in direction, with a drive to attract a younger audience.’
Last month, it was reported Bruce quit Radio 2 because he felt ‘unloved’ by bosses – who failed to reassure him over a new contract even though they wanted to keep him, say BBC insiders.
One source claimed that despite the desire to hang on to the DJ – Britain’s most popular radio host – a ‘mix-up’ meant he wasn’t told. This is said to have helped convince him to join commercial rival Greatest Hits Radio.
The unexpected announcement of the 71-year-old presenter’s departure is now said to have sparked discord at the BBC, as many regard it as completely avoidable.
One well-placed source said: ‘They definitely wanted to renew his contract but because of a mix-up nobody told him. He is a proud man and did not want to ask. When he told them he was going they were all saying, ‘but we were about to offer you a three-year deal’… Bit late.’
But another source close to the station disputed the contract claims, saying: ‘Ken was reassured on more than one occasion that his future on Radio 2 was safe.’
The Scottish star is believed to have been unsettled by the way the corporation had axed presenter Steve Wright’s long-running show last year amid a push to appeal to younger listeners.
Bruce is also said to have asked bosses to stop making him play ‘tuneless dance music’ but had not received any proper responses to his pleas.
The Radio 2 insider told the Mail: ‘Ken felt unloved. Part of the issue was being told our target audience is ‘mood mums’ but never hearing who they are or what they want! We have started to play a lot of tuneless dance music and Ken had begged them to stop making him play it but apparently his emails never got responses.’
The source, who accused bosses of being ‘asleep at the wheel’, added: ‘[Wright’s departure] just focused his mind. When they sacked Steve they didn’t consider the effect it might have on the rest of the presenters.’
Bruce has been at the BBC for 45 years – 31 of them presenting his Radio 2 mid-morning show. But loyal listeners have become increasingly fed-up at what they see as a shift to a younger audience.
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