Steve Wright NOT In The Afternoon: BBC DJ quits Radio 2 present reside on air after greater than 40 years

BBC DJ Steve Wright stop his Radio 2 present reside on air right this moment, after greater than 40 years with the broadcaster as a result of bosses wish to ‘strive one thing totally different’ within the slot — sparking listener fury as Radio 1’s Scott Mills is introduced in to exchange him.

BBC Radio introduced a significant shake-up as Steve Wright revealed he’s leaving his long-running Radio 2 afternoon slot and will probably be changed by the Radio 1 presenter.

Talking on air this afternoon, Steve revealed that he can be bowing out after 24 years because the present’s host in September, because the station strikes to ‘one thing totally different’, including that the BBC has ‘all the time been truthful and sort’ to him.

He informed BBC information right this moment: ‘That’s the best way it goes. You understand, generally individuals need you, generally they don’t. Typically they wish to make adjustments, offer you one other provide, and that’s okay, I perceive that, I actually perceive that.’

Followers of the DJ, who has been with the BBC for greater than 40 years after becoming a member of in 1980 to current a Radio 1 Saturday night time present, stated they are going to cease listening to the afternoon slot when he leaves.

One known as it a ‘diabolical’ choice, with one other Tweeting: ‘Ending his present is a horrible mistake BBC. There goes your viewers.’

One other listener stated: ‘His present is truthfully what will get me by my work every day. As soon as he is gone, the radio will probably be turned off for good.’ 

‘He ought to’ve had his job for all times,’ one other added. Others known as it a ‘large mistake’ and a ‘unhappy and unhealthy transfer’ from the BBC. 

The choice was additionally met with reward, with listeners saying that it was time for a change of host. 

Moving on: BBC Radio has announced a major shake-up as Steve Wright revealed he is leaving his long-running Radio 2 afternoon slot and will be replaced by Scott Mills

Shifting on: BBC Radio has introduced a significant shake-up as Steve Wright revealed he’s leaving his long-running Radio 2 afternoon slot and will probably be changed by Scott Mills

Fans of Steve Wright have called the change a 'terrible mistake', with some planning to stop listening when Scott Mills takes over the afternoon slot

Followers of Steve Wright have known as the change a ‘horrible mistake’, with some planning to cease listening when Scott Mills takes over the afternoon slot

Scott, 49, will probably be stepping down from his R1 weekday afternoon slot to be able to succeed radio legend Steve, 67, because the host of his programme.

Some critics of the change disapproved of the incoming DJ, with one saying they ‘by no means get pleasure from’ his cowl reveals on Radio 2. However others praised the choice.

One stated that Steve ending his afternoon present in September is ‘the perfect information I’ve had all week’, including: ‘His London-centric babble and speaking over songs made me flip off years in the past.’

Others stated that it was ‘time for a change’ after 24 years with the identical host, including that Scott will probably be ‘ace’ within the function. 

Some listeners additionally described Steve’s present as ‘quaint and tacky’, saying that it was time for a switch-up.  

Scott’s co-host Chris Stark additionally introduced that he will probably be stepping down from their fashionable present, which airs from 1.30pm till 3pm.

The information is the most recent reshuffle for BBC Radio, after the broadcaster stated goodbye to Radio 1 breakfast host Nick Grimshaw and Future Sounds star Annie Mac final yr. 

Steve made the announcement throughout his present on Friday afternoon, revealing he can be bowing out after 24 years because the present’s host.

The radio veteran informed listeners his boss had informed him she wished to do ‘one thing totally different’ together with his mid-afternoon slot.

Co-hosts: Scott, 49, will be stepping down from his R1 weekday afternoon slot in order to succeed radio legend Steve, 67, as the host of his Radio 2 show

Co-hosts: Scott, 49, will probably be stepping down from his R1 weekday afternoon slot to be able to succeed radio legend Steve, 67, because the host of his Radio 2 present

Some praised the decision and said that it was 'time for a change' after 24 years with the same host

Some praised the choice and stated that it was ‘time for a change’ after 24 years with the identical host

Steve stated: ‘In the beginning of this yr, my good friend and boss Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, stated she wished to do one thing totally different within the afternoons.

‘Now, I have been doing this programme for twenty-four years at Radio 2, and so how can I probably complain? The assist and artistic freedom that I am given is incredible at Radio 2 and actually I can not hog the slot endlessly, so let’s give any person else a go.’

‘Later this yr, followers of the afternoon present can go to BBC Sounds to listen to a Severe Jockin’ sequence and I am additionally trying ahead to growing and creating some thrilling new digital programmes and podcasts, which is able to characteristic components of the afternoon present. I get a lot artistic freedom on the BBC, I’ve no complaints.

‘They’ve all the time been truthful and sort to me.

‘We’re not accomplished but. Afternoons will end in September, we’ll transfer onto new programmes and tasks in October, and Love Songs will proceed each Sunday morning.’

Radio legend! Steve has presented his weekday afternoon show on R2 for 24 years (1980)

Radio legend! Steve has introduced his weekday afternoon present on R2 for twenty-four years (1980)

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2 added: ‘Steve’s a legendary radio broadcaster and producer, recognized for his ardour and dedication in holding hundreds of thousands of listeners entertained every weekday afternoon.’

‘I am thrilled he’ll stay in Wogan Home as part of the Radio 2 household to current Sunday Love Songs, in addition to seasonal specials and common Severe Jockin’ specials for BBC Sounds and Radio 2.’ 

There seems to be no ailing feeling in direction of Scott, as Steve described the radio host as a ‘sensible and versatile’ presenter. 

Steve’s large break got here within the Nineteen Seventies at Radio Luxembourg, the place he hosted a nightly present earlier than becoming a member of the BBC in 1980 to current a Radio 1 Saturday night time present.

New pastures: Following the move to Radio 2, Scott will also no longer present his Saturday morning show on Radio 5 Live (pictured May 2022)

New pastures: Following the transfer to Radio 2, Scott may also now not current his Saturday morning present on Radio 5 Dwell (pictured Could 2022)

He moved to his Steve Wright within the Afternoon present 24 years in the past, which revolutionised radio by introducing the zoo format to the UK. 

The award-winning star has bagged gongs for Greatest DJ of the Yr and TRIC Character of the Yr for his radio programmes.

Steve’s followers took to Twitter to mourn the lack of the presenter’s iconic present, and claimed that it was the ‘finish of an period’. 

Some claimed that it was a ‘horrible’ thought to maneuver Steve on from the present, whereas others urged they’d be ‘switching off’ after he leaves.

Different’s shared there fond reminiscences of how they’d rush house to take heed to Steve’s present.

Scott’s new present will air from 2pm till 4pm – an hour shorter than Steve’s programme – whereas Sara Cox’s drivetime present will probably be prolonged by an hour and now begin at 4pm

The information was introduced on BBC Radio 1’s official Twitter account in an announcement which learn: ‘A tragic day right here at @BBCR1 as we are saying goodbye and an enormous thanks to the legends Scott Mills and Chris Stark.

It was additionally shared on Instagram by Lewis Capaldi, saying that Scott and Chris had been ‘terrified’ to say one thing that might ‘upset’ the viewers.  

Reaction: Some claimed that it was a 'terrible' idea to move Steve on from the show, while others suggested they would be 'switching off' after he leaves

Response: Some claimed that it was a ‘horrible’ thought to maneuver Steve on from the present, whereas others urged they’d be ‘switching off’ after he leaves

‘Wishing you each all the perfect for the longer term, you will be an enormous miss. Tune into Radio 1 subsequent Tuesday at 2pm for an enormous announcement.’

Following the transfer to Radio 2, Scott may also now not current his Saturday morning present on Radio 5 Dwell. 

He beforehand coated for Ken Bruce and Steve on R2.

Scott stated: ‘Time really does fly whenever you’re having enjoyable, and that is definitely been the case over the previous 24 years at my beloved Radio 1,’ he stated.

‘The station I pretended to be on in my bed room from the age of 6. The station I informed my mum I wished to work at, however by no means in 1,000,000 years thought I might.

‘There are too many individuals to thank from my Radio 1 journey. So to the immensely gifted individuals I’ve labored with alongside the best way, to our unimaginable listeners which have made us a part of their on a regular basis lives for thus lengthy and naturally to Chris – not simply my co host, however one in every of my greatest buddies on this planet, which in fact he will probably be endlessly. THANK YOU.

‘It is also been an honour to begin the weekend on BBC Radio 5 Dwell for the previous three years. I am so proud with what we have now managed to attain.

‘I actually can not consider I’ll be calling Radio 2 my new house! I am past excited to be becoming a member of the crew and dealing alongside my radio idols and buddies on the legendary Wogan Home.

‘I want to want all the perfect to Steve, who is among the best broadcasters on this planet and somebody whom I look as much as a lot.

‘Over the previous few years the Radio 2 listeners have made me really feel so welcome and I can not wait to construct new reminiscences with them!’

Steve , who will go away afternoons in September, will not be leaving the BBC utterly and can proceed to current Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs on Radio 2.

Chris will probably be leaving Radio 1 to concentrate on presenting That Peter Crouch Podcast and his podcast with Chef Tom Kerridge The Pirate Ship.

In January, BBC exec Tim Davie revealed plans to freeze the licence payment meant that they needed to minimize programming by £285 million. 

End of an era: Last year Drivetime host Nick departed from Radio 1 after 14 years at the station in the latest 'diverse' line-up reshuffle from the BBC(pictured in 2018)

Finish of an period: Final yr Drivetime host Nick departed from Radio 1 after 14 years on the station within the newest ‘various’ line-up reshuffle from the BBC(pictured in 2018) 

Detailing what was on the desk to be minimize, he stated: ‘The whole lot is on the agenda.’

Final yr Drivetime host Nick departed from Radio 1 after 14 years on the station within the newest ‘various’ line-up reshuffle from the BBC.

The presenter, 37, who joined BBC Radio 1 in September 2007, hung up his microphone, with Jordan North and Vick Hope taking up.  

The information got here simply weeks after Annie introduced in April that she was leaving after 17 years to get replaced by Clara Amfo.

Talking on the time, he stated: ‘I’ve some information guys, some large information. It is large information for me to announce. I wish to do it at first of the present in any other case I will be bizarre for the following two hours. 

‘I have been fascinated about it for a short while, after 14 years of working right here I’ve made an enormous choice.’ 

Nick went on to say how he has stored his exit a secret and hasn’t ‘informed anybody’ as he wished to let his listeners be the primary to know.

He stated: ‘It an enormous choice, an thrilling one and a contented one. It is one thing I’ve given quite a lot of thought. Radio 1 is house to me. It is the one station I’ve wished to work. 

‘I used to be pondering the previous 18 months have been probably the most surreal moments ever. Plenty of you guys, you’re taking inventory in occasions like this and have a look at your life. I checked out mine and I wished to make that change. 

Replacements: The presenter, 37, who joined BBC Radio 1 in September 2007, hung up his microphone, with Jordan North and Vick Hope taking over

Replacements: The presenter, 37, who joined BBC Radio 1 in September 2007, hung up his microphone, with Jordan North and Vick Hope taking up

Statement: Nick also took to Twitter to confirm his exit after speaking about it on his show, gushing that it was a 'childhood dream' to work on Radio 1

Assertion: Nick additionally took to Twitter to verify his exit after talking about it on his present, gushing that it was a ‘childhood dream’ to work on Radio 1

‘My childhood dream was to work on Radio 1 and I’ve been fortunate sufficient to make that dream come true. 

‘It has been all the things I might imagined and much more. I grew up wanting to attach with individuals and to really feel accepted and the Radio 1 listeners gave me that and let me be a part of their each day life, for which I will probably be eternally grateful. 

‘However over the previous few months I have been doing quite a lot of fascinated about my future and after 14 years, I’ve made the choice that it is time for me to maneuver on – I might prefer to thank the listeners as with out them none of this might have been potential and the Radio 1 household, who’ve been such an enormous a part of my life. Thanks thanks thanks.’

It got here as insiders informed MailOnline Nick’s choice to go away Radio 1 ‘is not about cash’, however as a result of he wished  a brand new problem.

Bring it on: Grimshaw said the pandemic made his reassess his life and feel ready for the next chapter (pictured presenting the show from his living room last month)

Carry it on: Grimshaw stated the pandemic made his reassess his life and really feel prepared for the following chapter (pictured presenting the present from his lounge final month) 

Exit: It comes after Annie Mac announced she was leaving after 17 years in April 2021

Exit: It comes after Annie Mac introduced she was leaving after 17 years in April 2021

A supply stated: ‘It is not concerning the cash. He is accomplished Drivetime, the Breakfast present, hosted late night time however now he is stepping away from radio as he needs a brand new problem. 

‘Nick’s cherished each minute of his time at Radio 1 and loves broadcasting. He’ll nonetheless be starring on Superstar Gogglebox. 

‘He has been at Radio 1 for 14 years and wished a change.’ 

BBC bosses selected I am a Superstar… Get Me Out of Right here! runner-up Jordan, 32, and Vick, additionally 32, to exchange him on the airwaves within the afternoons, ranging from Monday, 6 September 2021.

New host: Following Nick's announcement, Vick shared this snap of herself coming up Radio 1's elevator with the caption 'incoming'

New host: Following Nick’s announcement, Vick shared this snap of herself arising Radio 1’s elevator with the caption ‘incoming’

Radio 1: Vick replaced Cel Spellman to co-host Life Hacks and 'Official Chart: First Look' alongside Katie Thistleton on BBC Radio 1 in August 2020

Radio 1: Vick changed Cel Spellman to co-host Life Hacks and ‘Official Chart: First Look’ alongside Katie Thistleton on BBC Radio 1 in August 2020

Vick changed Cel Spellman to co-host Life Hacks and ‘Official Chart: First Look’ alongside Katie Thistleton on BBC Radio 1 in August 2020.

Touchdown the function, former Capital presenter Vick stated: ‘What a insanity! Drivetime!

‘I really like Radio 1 so, a lot, having grown up tuning in religiously each single day, it means the world to be taking the reins at home-time with the outstanding Mr North.

‘Grimmy is an absolute legend of the sport, thanks mate for each snicker you have despatched rippling by the nation. 

‘Taking up Drive is a job we cannot be taking calmly, however Jordan and I are able to put our all into making your journey house that little bit brighter.’ 

Jordan, in the meantime, appeared as a canopy presenter on Radio 1 from 2014, and 4 years later was introduced as the brand new host for the station’s Best Hits present on Sunday mornings. 

'I'm devastated': Radio 1 fans were left in shock after hearing the news, with some questioning why Nick and Annie were both leaving so close together as they reacted on Twitter

‘I am devastated’: Radio 1 followers had been left in shock after listening to the information, with some questioning why Nick and Annie had been each leaving so shut collectively as they reacted on Twitter

In September final yr, Jordan was introduced as the brand new common 11am-1pm weekend host on BBC Radio 1. He additionally was the primary cowl introduced for Nick and Scott Mills.

The I am A Celeb star added: ‘I’m completely happy to be making the transfer over to Radio 1 daytime and even happier to be working alongside Vick. 

‘Grimmy is a Radio 1 legend so we positively have large sneakers to fill however will work extraordinarily onerous to ensure afternoons on Radio 1 nonetheless sound very good. 

‘I’m tremendous excited to get began and sit up for this subsequent chapter with Vick and the remainder of my Radio 1 household.’ 

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1, stated: ‘I’m so excited for Vick and Jordan. The viewers have taken to each of them over the past yr so it is a dream to have the ability to carry them collectively to host such an necessary present in Radio 1’s schedule. 

‘I can not look forward to individuals to listen to among the concepts and tasks they have lined up, they’re actually pushing the boundaries of what we are able to do. 

‘September goes to be a brand new sound for Radio 1, from established nice broadcasters to bringing by the following era of gifted DJs we are going to proceed to mirror our younger viewers throughout the UK and we’ll have quite a lot of enjoyable doing it.’ 

Forward of this ‘new sound’ being unveiled, Radio 1 has seen an enormous change in its line-up with a few of its greatest stars exiting.

Nick’s exit got here after Annie introduced she can be stepping away.

The DJ, 43, confirmed her departure in April, telling listeners her job has been like a ‘second house’.  

Dedicated: Jordan appeared as a cover presenter on Radio 1 from 2014, and four years later was announced as the new host for the station's Greatest Hits show on Sunday mornings

Devoted: Jordan appeared as a canopy presenter on Radio 1 from 2014, and 4 years later was introduced as the brand new host for the station’s Best Hits present on Sunday mornings

Dean was given his first alternative to host on Radio 1 over the 2020 festive interval as a part of Radio 1’s Christmas Takeover the place 33 new DJs and presenters got a as soon as in a lifetime alternative to broadcast on the UK’s greatest youth radio station, and has since hosted Friday Early Breakfast on the station.  

Dean’s first present will probably be on Friday, 10 September. 

Dean’s new present will probably be broadcast from Salford and is the primary Radio 1 programme to maneuver out of London as a part of the BBC’s Throughout the UK plans, introduced by the Director-Basic earlier this yr. 

Dean stated: ‘After I utilized for the Christmas cowl gig in December I did not assume for one second that I might get it by no means thoughts touchdown my very own present 6 months later, I am completely buzzing. 

‘So let me get this straight, we get to hang around each weekend, trigger absolute CHAOS and occasion to all the largest Radio 1 anthems? That is iconic! This one’s for my individuals in Manchester and my wee nation of Northern Eire, we did it!’

Newcomer: In addition to the new shows being announced, Victoria Jane (pictured) will also be joining Radio 1 to launch a new show – 'Radio 1 Future Soul'

Newcomer: Along with the brand new reveals being introduced, Victoria Jane (pictured) may also be becoming a member of Radio 1 to launch a brand new present – ‘Radio 1 Future Soul’

BBC Radio’s large earners 

RADIO 1 

Scott Mills – £345,000-£349,999

The presenter is concerned with various reveals for the BBC together with The Scott Mills Present, Radio 5’s The Scott Mills and Chris Stark Present.

Greg James – £275,000-£279,999

In addition to presenting on the airwaves, Greg additionally performs an enormous half within the Massive Weekend occasion. His roles embody: Radio 1 Breakfast Present, Radio 1’s Teen Awards and Massive Weekend, Radio 4’s Rewinder.

Nick Grimshaw – £240,000-£244,999

Though now leaving the station after a number of years, Nick made a reputation for himself on Radio 1’s drivetime present and for his work through the Radio 1’s Massive Weekend occasions.

RADIO 2

Zoe Ball – £1,360,000-£1,364,999

The star presents her personal Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Present. 

Nonetheless the wage determine doesn’t embody her wages for presenting Strictly: It Takes Two as a result of the present is produced by BBC Studios.

Graham Norton – £725,000-£729,999

The presenter has a spread of gigs within the BBC together with his weekly present on Radio 2 and TV reveals.

Graham just lately stop BBC Radio 2 after 10 years to go to Virgin Radio and slammed the ‘pointless’ annual publishing of BBC’s excessive earners listing.

Steve Wright – £475,000-£479,999

One other large earner for BBC is Steve Wright, with him fronting Radio 2’s Steve Wright within the Afternoon and Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs.

Vanessa Feltz – £405,000-£409,999

The star frequently hosts Radio 2 Early Breakfast Present in addition to Radio London Breakfast Present and doing Radio 2 cowl.

Ken Bruce – £385,000-£389,999

Additionally that includes within the BBC’s earnings listing, Ken was revealed to make a tidy sum for his work on Radio 2’s Mid Morning Present, the Eurovision Tune Contest, and Radio 2 Dwell in Hyde Park.

Claudia Winkleman – £365,000-£369,999

The Strictly host’s weekly present for Radio 2 and a spread of programmes and sequence makes her round £369K.

Jeremy Vine – £320,000-£324,999

Every day present on Radio 2, election programme

Jason Mohammad – £285,000-£289,999

Every day BBC Wales programme and different BBC Wales TV output, Ultimate Rating, different soccer, The Boat Race, Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday

Jo Whiley – £280,000-£284,999

The radio veteran hosts a Radio 2 night present.

Sara Cox – £275,000-£279,000

One other well-known identify on the BBC channels, Sara’s wage is calculated for her work on Radio 2 Drivetime present and Radio 2 Dwell in Hyde Park.

Tina Daheley – £255,000-£259,999

Tina seems on a number of reveals together with Radio 2 Breakfast Present, Past As we speak podcast, BBC One Information, BBC Breakfast cowl, BBC World Service’s The Cultural Frontline and canopy for Lady’s Hour.

Trevor Nelson – £220,000-£224,999

Additionally making the listing is Trevor who works on Radio 2’s Rhythm Nation and a few weekend reveals on 1Xtra. 

 

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