Paul O’Grady becomes latest star to leave BBC Radio 2 as he QUITS show – months after Steve Wright, Tony Blackburn and Craig Charles lost slots
Paul O’Grady has quit his Radio 2 Sunday afternoon show after 14 years as the exodus from the BBC continues.
The TV and radio presenter, 67, hosted the Sunday evening 5-7pm slot on Radio 2 for almost 13 years, but a new schedule change now sees him share the slot with comedian Rob Beckett.
His last programme on the station will be on Sunday August 14 as he comes to the end of his current 13-week run of shows.
In a statement, O’Grady said: ‘I’ve loved doing my Sunday afternoon show for the last 14 years and I’m going to miss my listeners as well as the fun I’ve had with my producer Malcolm Prince, but I feel that now is the right time to go.’
His departure is the latest in a string of changes to the BBC Radio schedule, with several big names including Steve Wright, Tony Blackburn and Craig Charles all having lost slots in recent months.
The star launched his weekly Sunday afternoon show in 2009, and for many years Paul ‘The Grinch’ O’Grady has hosted his Christmas Day special on the network featuring messages and dedications from listeners all over the world, as well as an eclectic seasonal playlist.
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Paul O’Grady has quit his Radio 2 Sunday afternoon show after 14 years