Vanessa Feltz has introduced she is leaving her reveals on Radio 2 and BBC Radio London after virtually 20 years on the helm.
The broadcaster and TV persona, who is one of the BBC’s top earners, mentioned she has “liked each second” of her early-morning programmes however is stepping right down to make amends for a “decade’s deficit of magnificence sleep”.
She introduced her departure to listeners on Thursday morning, turning into tearful as she broke the information of her upcoming exit.
“I’ve one thing to inform you, and I do know that you just already know that I really like you, so you’ll know that it’s not that,” Vanessa mentioned.
“Oh, I knew that I used to be going to cry. I’m going to attempt to not, although.”
Vanessa will current her final Radio 2 Early Breakfast Present on Friday. Following a two-week break she will cowl Jeremy Vine’s present for a two additional weeks, earlier than bidding a closing farewell to Radio 2 listeners on Friday August 26.
In a press release, she mentioned: “I’ve liked each second with my Radio 2 ‘Early Birds’ and can miss my Beautiful Listeners, Jolly Good Fellows and beloved pals and colleagues at Radio 2 with all my coronary heart.
“Nevertheless, after virtually 12 blissful years, I now have to step right down to make amends for a much-needed decade’s deficit of magnificence sleep.
“It’s been an honour and privilege to be the breakfast voice of BBC Radio London for 20 years and, though I’m leaving the present, I’ll proceed to anticipate hugs from my pretty listeners after I see them on the streets of London.”
Vanessa added: “I’ll get pleasure from a dollop of energy-boosting shut-eye to swing from ziplines with my three effervescent grandchildren and frolic with my fiancé Ben, who irritatingly stays 10 years youthful than me.”
In recently-released BBC figures, Vanessa was one in all simply three girls within the high 10 highest paid on-air expertise, with her wage of £400,000-£404,999 placing her in eighth place.
Zoe Ball and Fiona Bruce have been the opposite two feminine hosts to make the highest 10 listing.
Vanessa started presenting the Radio 2 Early Breakfast Present in January 2011, from 5am-6.30am, which was prolonged to 4am from January 2021.
In addition to protecting each day information, her reveals contained options together with Well-known Final Phrases, Jolly Good Fellows, The Feltz Philological Problem and Early Fowl Earworms.
Throughout her time on the present she has received many awards together with a Sony Gold in 2009 for BBC Radio London, two gold Gillard Awards and, in 2017 and 2022, the present received silver within the Finest Speech Breakfast Present class on the Arias (The Radio Academy’s Audio and Radio Trade Awards).
Earlier than taking up the breakfast present, Vanessa introduced a mid-morning phone-in programme on the station for 10 years, and from 2001 hosted a mid-afternoon phone-in present.
Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, mentioned: “For nearly 12 years, Vanessa has made her stay weekday Early Breakfast Present her very personal kingdom, and I’d wish to thank her wholeheartedly for the hundreds of middle-of-the-night begins she’s made to entertain the Radio 2 listeners.
“On behalf of them, in addition to everybody in Wogan Home, I’d wish to ship Woman V our perfect needs for the longer term.”
Chris Burns, controller native audio commissioning, mentioned: “Each weekday Vanessa has breezed straight from her Radio 2 programme into the Radio London breakfast present, barely pausing for breath.
“She has effortlessly entertained her ‘pretty listener’ and sternly held town’s and nation’s decision-makers to account.
“The brightest spark you can ever meet – irrespective of how early it’s and what’s happening within the information – to say Vanessa’s voice shall be missed is an understatement.
“We want her effectively and thank her dearly for her unbelievable service.”
Radio 2 and BBC Radio London will announce their new respective morning schedules at a later date, the BBC mentioned.