'You should listen to me'

DJ Steve Penk tells off Al Murray

Al Murray has been told off on Twitter for daring to present a Radio 2 show in character as the Pub Landlord.

Murray is sitting in for Steve Wright on Radio 2 this afternoon in the run-up to the station’s fundraising night for Children In Need, Stand Up for Pudsey.

But when he posted the news on Twitter, he was immediately reprimanded by former Capital Rado DJ Steve Penk.

Pent tweeted to Murray: ‘Do it as YOU, not in character. Bad idea.’

The comic tweeted back: ‘You have no idea what you're talking about ;-)’

But Penk, perhaps missing the cheeky wink emoticon, reacted tartly: ‘ Just remind me how many years you've been on the radio Al? The thing is, I do know what I'm talking about. You should listen to me.’

Danny Baker then chimed in: ‘ Al. EVERYONE is in character on the radio. Do what you want. It's a nitwit game anyway.’

Murray currently hosts Radio 5 Live’s Seven Day Sunday as himself, but throughout 2006 he presented the Sunday afternoon show on Virgin Radio in character as the Pub Landlord.

He will be presenting this afternoon’s Radio 2 show alongside Chris Ramsey, stand-up and star of BBC Two’s new sitcom Hebburn.

When another Twitter user advised Penk to tune to see how it worked out, he replied: ‘I won't bother thanks. I heard a bit of Jo Brand/ Julian Clary the other day, that was enough’

Penk is the breakfast presenter on Manchester’s 96.2 The Revolution – a station he owns outright. In 2010 he was s condemned by mental health charities for playing Van Halen's Jump on the show at the request of a motorist stuck on the M60 due to a suicidal woman on a bridge.

Published: 19 Oct 2012

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