PUNK pioneer Iggy Pop is confirmed as a permanent host on BBC 6 Music following stand-in presenter success.

The American star has in the past presented special shows on Christmas Day and hosted lecturers including the popular the BBC Music John Peel Lecture 2014 on the topic of Free Music in a Capitalist Society as part of the UK Radio Festival.

His iconic live ‘anything goes’ performances with The Stooges influenced a generation and is sure to be a welcomed weekly addition to the airwaves.

Iggy said: “Having sat in for Jarvis Cocker last year on BBC Radio 6 Music, I found myself realising how good it was for me. I hope it was good for somebody else too. So I’m gonna do it again this year, on early Friday evenings; what we call in the USA the ‘happy hour’.

“Its kind of an edgy point right at the end of the designated work week, and I’ll try play quite a bit of music that’s new and stimulating, mixed with very old classics from the blues and jazz masters of the 1920s through 50s that are a little more moody. I’m gonna think myself as a kind of atmospheric bartender. I’ll try to do my very best.”