The broadcasting world was shocked to hear that Sir Terry Wogan will retire from his Breakfast Show at the end of the year.
Wogan, 71, announced his decision this morning live on-air to his 7 million listeners after the news leaked over the weekend.
“Now, if you'll pardon me, I've a little bit of news of my own,” he said. “If the mail is anything to go by, most of the listening population have spotted a report that next year I’m going to turn into Chris Evans. And I hate to tell you, but it’s true. I was hoping to break it to you, my loyal listener, more gently.
“I wanted to be the first to tell you. It’s the least I owe you, for endless years, countless hours of morning companionship, friendship, good humour, and laughter. Your loyalty and support has been a beacon of love in my life.”
Sir Terry said although he was quitting “Wake Up With Wogan”, he would continue to work for the BBC on other shows.
I’d rather leave while we’re in love, as the song says, while the programme is the most popular on British radio, while we still delight in each other’s company
He added: “I’d rather leave while we’re in love, as the song says, while the programme is the most popular on British radio, while we still delight in each other’s company.”
Chris Evans, who currently presents the Drive Time show, will take over in the new year.