Steve Wright in emotional announcement as he quits BBC Radio 2 show after 23 years

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Steve Wright has quit his BBC Radio 2 show after 23 years. In an emotional on-air statement, the 76-year-old said he was “taking a break from daytime radio”.

“Let me just break off for a moment to make an announcement,” he told listeners today.

“I’ll try not to become emotional or self indulgent, this is going to be a little bit difficult.

“At the end of September, I’ll be taking a break from daytime radio. In other words, stepping down from this programme.”

He continued: “The great news is onwards and upwards.

“ I’m staying at the BBC and radio to do some very exciting brand new digital projects and developing new podcasts, some of which actually will feature elements of this programme, Steve Wright In The Afternoon.

“Anyway, all will become clear in the next few months, because we’re staying on this programme until the autumn.”

He has hosted his much-loved show since 1999, and also presents Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs on the network.

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