Ken Bruce has announced he is stepping down from BBC Radio 2 after an incredible 45 years of broadcasting full-time.
The treasured 71-year-old host broke the news to his listeners on Tuesday morning, confirming his last show would air in March.
Addressing his impending departure, Bruce said: ‘Nothing stays the same forever and I have decided the time is right for me to move on from Radio 2 when I reach the end of my current contract in March.
‘It’s been a tremendously happy time for me: I’ve made many friends and worked with many wonderful colleagues.
‘However, I feel that after 45 years of full-time broadcasting on BBC Radio it’s time for a change. I would stress that this is entirely my decision but some new opportunities have come up and I would like to continue my career in a slightly different way in the next few years, the details of which will be revealed shortly.’
He continued: ‘I will always be very proud of my association with the BBC and Radio 2 in particular and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped to make the mid-morning show a success.’