Steve Wright In The Afternoon Will End In The Autumn
Legendary DJ Steve Wright will leave his weekday afternoon slot after almost 24 years.
The move is part of a shake up by the station’s boss who told him she wants to do “something different” with the mid-afternoon slot.
Steve Wright has been a mainstay of afternoon radio since he launched his original Steve Wright In The Afternoon on Radio 1 back in 1981 where he remained until 1993.
Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills will take over the new 2 till 4 afternoon slot from October in move that will see Sara Cox’s drivetime show extended by an hour running from 4 till 7 (a move echoing commercial radio shows perhaps a particular Simon Mayo Drivetime show? now on Greatest Hits)
Wright, 67, announced his departure live on air on Friday and said he would be remaining at the BBC to work on other projects, including a podcast series.
He told listeners: “At the beginning of this year, my friend and boss Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, said she wanted to do something different in the afternoons. Now, I’ve been doing this programme for 24 years at Radio 2, and so how can I possibly complain?
Steve Wright in the Afternoon began on Radio 2 in 1999, taking over the slot from Ed Stewart.