Steve Wright is to go away his BBC Radio 2 weekday present after virtually 24 years, after the station’s boss instructed him she desires to do “one thing completely different” with the mid-afternoon slot.
The present will come to an finish within the autumn, the BBC confirmed, with Radio 1’s Scott Mills taking up.
Wright, 67, introduced his departure stay on air on Friday and mentioned he could be remaining on the BBC to work on different initiatives, together with a podcast sequence.
He instructed listeners: “Firstly of this 12 months, my pal and boss Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, mentioned she needed to do one thing completely different within the afternoons. Now, I’ve been doing this programme for 24 years at Radio 2, and so how can I presumably complain?
“The help and artistic freedom that I’m given is improbable at Radio 2 and actually I can’t hog the slot for ever, so let’s give any person else a go.”
He added: “The nice information is, onwards and upwards. I’m staying on the BBC and radio to do some very thrilling, brand-new digital initiatives and creating new podcasts, a few of which truly will function components of this programme Steve Wright within the Afternoon.
“Anyway, all will develop into clear within the subsequent few months, as a result of we’re staying on this programme till the autumn.”
Followers will nonetheless be capable of hearken to him current Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs on the identical station.
Steve Wright within the Afternoon started on Radio 2 in 1999, relaunching a present he had hosted on Radio 1 from 1981 to 1993.
Mills, whom Wright described as “sensible and versatile”, will depart Radio 1 to take over the slot, and can now not current his Saturday morning present on Radio 5 stay. The brand new present can be an hour shorter, working from 2pm-4pm, with Sara Cox’s present prolonged by an hour.
“I actually can not imagine I’m going to be calling Radio 2 my new residence,” Mills mentioned. “I’m past excited to be becoming a member of the crew.”
Unique writer – Tom Ambrose
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