Nicky Campbell leaving BBC Radio 5 Live's breakfast show after 20 years

Nicky Campbell at an awards show in 2016 (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Nicky Campbell will soon be able to lie in later in the mornings. (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Nicky Campbell is leaving BBC Radio 5 Live's breakfast show after almost 20 years.

The presenter is moving on to host a weekday show based on his one-hour Your Call phone-in slot, which has been part of the breakfast show.

The new extended two-hour show is set to launch later in the year and will take up the 9-11am slot.

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Campbell said in a statement: “It’s why I love 5 Live - hearing from listeners and talking to people about what really does matter to them and their communities. It’s a constant privilege hearing people’s passion, candour, anger and raw honesty. Our listeners make me listen. They make me think, laugh and cry. I can’t wait for this to start.

“Leaving Breakfast is really tough after so many unforgettable programmes with Rachel and the team, but I’ve been getting up at four am for 19 years now so it’s time I had a bit more sleep!”

Campbell is also set to front a new podcast for 5 Live and BBC Sounds.

Speaking about his new programme on the station, Campbell said he would miss co-host Rachel Burden.

"Never been more excited about a new programme. It’s like a dream move. Except. I am going miss @rachelburden so much," he tweeted.

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Burden responded with her own message which read: "End of an era. 😢 Beginning of a new one. And the show must go on."

His replacement for the breakfast show is yet to be announced.

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