BBC Radio 2 icon announces exit after 45-year career as he joins rival station

BBC presenter Ken Bruce has confirmed he will be leaving his Radio 2 weekday show and is joining Greatest Hits Radio instead, after 31 years hosting the 9.30am to midday show

After 45 years with BBC Radio, Ken Bruce has announced his departure, of which 31 were spent as host of the 9.30 a.m. to noon Radio 2 program.

The 71-year-old began working for the BBC in 1977 at Radio Scotland, and in 1984, he was given his first permanent position on Radio 2 with the Saturday Late Show.

Nothing remains the same forever, and I’ve decided the time is right for me to move on from Radio 2 when my present contract expires in March. Ken made the announcement of his departure on his show on Tuesday (January 17).

“It’s been a tremendously happy time for me: I’ve made many friends and worked with many wonderful colleagues.


I would want to emphasize that this is totally my decision. However, in the next years, I would like to continue my work in a somewhat different manner, the specifics of which will be announced soon.

I’d want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the mid-morning show. “I will always be very proud of my relationship with the BBC and Radio 2 in particular.”

His new mid-morning show will air from 10 am to 1 pm on weekdays, with the promise of tracks from some of the most iconic artists such as Blondie, Queen, Madonna and Elton John, to name a few.