BBC Two and 6 Music's Comprehensive Coverage of Mercury Prize 2009

Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq present live coverage on the night

Digital radio station BBC 6 Music builds up to the ceremony with a special week of programming

The BBC is to broadcast comprehensive coverage of the Mercury Prize 2009 across TV, radio and online.

Coverage of the night will be presented live from the event by Lauren Laverne on BBC Two and Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music.


From 10.00pm on Tuesday 8 September, The Culture Show and 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne presents live TV coverage on BBC Two (10.00-10.30pm) including the announcement of the result and reaction from the winner, plus clips of live performances from all 12 shortlisted artists.

An extended Mercury Prize special with Lauren will be broadcast on Friday 11 September (11.40pm) featuring, for the first time, full performances from all 12 shortlisted artists and highlights from the evening.

BBC 6 Music

Steve Lamacq presents live coverage of the award ceremony (8.00-11.00pm) from the heart of the action at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Alongside interviews with some of the shortlisted artists, and the attending great-and-good of the music industry, the show features live performances from the night and expert analysis of proceedings from Lamacq, 6 Music news and industry insiders on the build-up to the live announcement of the winner.

Immediate reaction and analysis of the decision follow, plus an interview with the winner before the end of the show.

Paul Rodgers, Editor, 6 Music, said of the station’s coverage: “This is a valuable opportunity for the BBC and 6 Music to offer an in-depth look at this influential prize with the help of our expert presenters, including Steve Lamacq and Guy Garvey.

“And with 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne presenting TV proceedings it will prove to be a big night for the station.”

6 Music’s special week of programming

Digital radio station BBC 6 Music will also reflect the Mercury Prize in a week of special programming prior to the night. Highlights include:

A Month Of Mercurys

6 Music’s Sunday slot A Month Of… is given over to Mercury shortlisted artists for the month of September, starting on 6 September (3.30-5.30pm) with a special two-hour programme by The Horrors who play and discuss the music that has influenced them. Other nominees under the radio spotlight include Friendly Fires, La Roux (in conversation with Steve Lamacq) and Sweet Billy Pilgrim.

Elbow’s Finest Hour

On the day of the ceremony (8 September) Guy Garvey, 6 Music presenter and lead singer with Mercury Award-winning band Elbow, presents Elbow’s Finest Hour (7.00-8.00pm), where Guy and his band mates discuss the making of the Seldom Seen Kid, highlights of the past year, and what’s next for Elbow.

Mercury Winners: The Albums

In Mercury Winners: The Albums (12midnight-1.00am) a DJ from each of the six BBC music radio networks champions a previous winning album. A download of each programme will be available on on the day of broadcast.


The BBC Mercury Prize site – – offers audiences exclusive Mercury-related content, from video interviews with the shortlisted acts, to films from a selection of journalists, DJs and musicians, including Gary Lightbody and Roots Manuva, who discuss their personal picks for who should win. The site will have all the news as it happens on the night via Twitter as well as video performances from all the shortlisted artists.

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