He's back! George in return to airwaves

George Jones is set to return to the radio this weekend with a new show on a new station.

The popular star, whose long-running Radio Ulster programme was axed earlier this year, will present a weekly show on U105 which begins on Sunday morning.

"I'm delighted to be coming back on the airwaves and to have been given the opportunity to reunite friendships with people who've stood by me for 20 years on radio," the 61-year-old said.

And he promised a top-class show with plenty of the elements which had made him a firm favourite with Ulster listeners.

"There'll be good fun, entertainment and, most of all, great music for listeners both old and new to enjoy on Sunday mornings."

News broke last November that the Just Jones show was to be axed, and George's 21-year career at the BBC ended in June.

George began his career with BBC Radio Ulster in 1985, taking over from Paul Clarke in the afternoons and went on to present a weekend slot on the station which included the children-only show, G-Jam.

He presented his drivetime on BBC Radio Ulster every weekday from 1990 until it was cancelled earlier this year, winning the prestigious Sony Award for Best UK Regional Presenter in 1991.

He has also presented TV travel and entertainment programmes and has a loyal fan-base across the globe.

During his 15 years in the slot he has broadcast from locations across Northern Ireland, as well as internationally from the US and Australia.

Since leaving the BBC, George has spent more time with his family and performed with his cabaret band Clubsound, who now have a residency at the Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus.

He returns to radio for the first time in three months with George Jones' Sunday show, which will be broadcast from 9am-11am on U105.

The station's managing director, John Rosborough, said: "As U105 is very much personality led, it fits perfectly for a showbiz legend like George to join the team here.

"He's been at the forefront of entertainment in Northern Ireland for many years and will be well received by our audience."