Vanessa Feltz quits BBC Radio 2 show and BBC Radio London as she jokes ‘I need to catch up on sleep’

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VANESSA Feltz today revealed she is quitting BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio London after nearly 20 years on air.

The broadcast star said she has “loved every moment” of her early-morning programmes – but joked she was stepping down to catch up on a “decade’s deficit of beauty sleep”.

supplied by Pixel8000 07917221968The BBC Radio London host made the bombshell announcement this morning[/caption]

Vanessa, who is one of the BBC’s top earners, gave listeners the bombshell news this morning, telling them her roles have been “an honour and a privilege”.

She will present her last Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show on Friday before covering Jeremy Vine for two further weeks.

The long-time host will then bid a final farewell to Radio 2 listeners on Friday August 26.

In a statement, Vanessa said: “I have loved every moment with my Radio 2 ‘Early Birds’ and will miss my Lovely Listeners, Jolly Good Fellows and beloved friends and colleagues at Radio 2 with all my heart.

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“However, after almost 12 blissful years, I now need to step down to catch up on a much-needed decade’s deficit of beauty sleep.

“It’s been an honour and privilege to be the breakfast voice of BBC Radio London for 20 years and, although I’m leaving the show, I’ll continue to expect hugs from my lovely listeners when I see them on the streets of London.”

She added: “I will enjoy a dollop of energy-boosting shut-eye to swing from ziplines with my three effervescent grandchildren and frolic with my fiancé Ben, who irritatingly remains ten years younger than me.”

In recently released BBC figures, Feltz was one of just three women in the top 10 highest paid on-air talent, with her salary of £400,000-£404,999 putting her in eighth place.

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Zoe Ball and Fiona Bruce were the other two female hosts to make the top 10 list.

Feltz began presenting the Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show in January 2011, from 5am-6.30am, which was extended to 4am from January 2021.

As well as covering daily news, her shows contained features including Famous Last Words, Jolly Good Fellows, The Feltz Philological Challenge and Early Bird Earworms.

During her time on the show she has won many awards including a Sony Gold in 2009 for BBC Radio London, two gold Gillard Awards and, in 2017 and 2022, the show won silver in the Best Speech Breakfast Show category at the Arias (The Radio Academy’s Audio and Radio Industry Awards).

After almost 12 blissful years, I now need to step down to catch up on a much-needed decade’s deficit of beauty sleep.

Vanessa Feltz

Before taking over the breakfast show, Feltz presented a mid-morning phone-in programme on the station for 10 years, and from 2001 hosted a mid-afternoon phone-in show.

Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, said: “For almost 12 years, Vanessa has made her live weekday Early Breakfast Show her very own kingdom, and I’d like to thank her wholeheartedly for the thousands of middle-of-the-night starts she’s made to entertain the Radio 2 listeners.

“On behalf of them, as well as everyone in Wogan House, I’d like to send Lady V our very best wishes for the future.”

Chris Burns, controller local audio commissioning, said: “Every weekday Vanessa has breezed straight from her Radio 2 programme into the Radio London breakfast show, barely pausing for breath.

“She has effortlessly entertained her ‘lovely listener’ and sternly held the city’s and country’s decision-makers to account.

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“The brightest spark you could ever meet – no matter how early it is and what’s going on in the news – to say Vanessa’s voice will be missed is an understatement.

“We wish her well and thank her dearly for her incredible service.”

Radio 2 and BBC Radio London will announce their new respective morning schedules at a later date, the BBC said.

Vanessa Feltz made the announcement this morningRex

GettyShe will present her last Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show on Friday before covering Jeremy Vine for two further weeks[/caption]

SplashThe long-time host will then bid a final farewell to Radio 2 listeners on Friday August 26[/caption]

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