VANESSA Feltz announced today that she is leaving BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio London after almost 20 years on the air.
The broadcaster and broadcaster said she “loved every moment” of her morning programming, but joked that she was retiring to make up for “a decade of healthy sleep deficit.”
Vanessa, who is one of the BBC’s highest paid employees, broke the news to listeners this morning, saying her roles were “an honor and a privilege”.
On Friday, she will present her latest show “Early Breakfast” on Radio 2, and then she will cover Jeremy Vine for another two weeks.
The longtime host will then bid farewell to Radio 2 listeners on Friday 26 August.
In a statement, Vanessa said: “I have loved every moment with my Early Birds on Radio 2 and will miss my sweet listeners, fun friends and beloved friends and colleagues on Radio 2 with all my heart.
“However, after almost 12 happy years, I need to retire to make up for a much-needed ten-year beauty sleep deficit.
“I have been honored and privileged to be the breakfast voice on BBC London Radio for 20 years and although I am leaving the show I will continue to expect hugs from my favorite listeners when I see them on the streets of London. “
She added: “I will enjoy a sip of invigorating sleep, zip-line with three sparkling grandchildren and frolic with my fiancé Ben, who, unfortunately, remains 10 years younger than me.”
Feltz was one of three women in the top ten highest-paid on-air talent, with her salary of £400,000 to £404,999 placing her in eighth place, according to the BBC’s recently released figures.
Zoe Ball and Fiona Bruce were two other female MCs to make the top 10 on the list.
Feltz began hosting the Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show in January 2011 from 5:00 am to 6:30 am, which was extended to 4:00 am from January 2021.
In addition to covering the daily news, her shows featured topics such as “Famous Last Words”, “Merry Kind Companions”, “Feltz’s Philological Challenge”, and “Early Birds”.
During her time on the show, she has received numerous awards, including Sony Gold in 2009 for BBC Radio London, two gold Gillard Awards, and in 2017 and 2022 the show won silver in the Best Breakfast Show with Speech category on Arias. (The Radio). Academy of Audio and Radio Industry Awards).
After nearly 12 blissful years, I need to retire to make up for a much needed ten year beauty sleep deficit.
Before taking over the breakfast show, Feltz presented the station’s morning call program for 10 years, and hosted the afternoon phone show since 2001.
Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, said: “For almost 12 years, Vanessa has been turning her weekdays into an Early Breakfast show in her own kingdom, and I would like to thank her from the bottom of my heart for the thousands of nightly broadcasts. begins to entertain Radio 2 listeners.
“On their behalf, and also on behalf of everyone in House Vaughan, I would like to wish Lady Vi the best wishes for the future.”
Chris Burns, local audio commissioning manager, said: “Each weekday, Vanessa flew straight from her Radio 2 program to the Radio London morning show, barely out of breath.
“She effortlessly entertained her ‘sweet listener’ and severely held decision makers in the city and country to account.
“The brightest spark you’ll ever see – no matter how early it is and what’s on the news – to say that Vanessa’s voice will be missed is an understatement.
“We wish her all the best and heartily thank her for her incredible service.”
Radio 2 and BBC Radio London will announce their new morning schedules at a later date, according to the BBC.