Steve Wright to step down from BBC Radio 2 afternoon show after 23 years

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Steve Wright
Steve Wright

Steve Wright is leaving his afternoon show on BBC Radio 2 after 23 years.

The 67-year-old broadcaster announced the news live on air on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on Friday.

He said: “Let me just break off for a moment to make an announcement. 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 added: “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.”

Wright will continue to present the weekday show until September 2022.

He has presented Steve Wright In The Afternoon on the Radio 2 slot since 1999 and also presents Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs on the network.

Meanwhile, Scott Mills is to leave BBC Radio 1 this summer, the station has announced.

The long-serving DJ who hosts The Official Chart show and an afternoon slot on Radio 1 will be joining Radio 2 to present a new show on weekdays from 2-4pm.

Chris Stark, who has co-hosted with Mills, will also leave Radio 1 at the same time.

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