Nicky Campbell quits BBC Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast show after 19 years


NICKY Campbell has quit BBC Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast show after 19 years.

The presenter will stay with the station as part of a new weekday show airing from 9am-11am later in the year.

Nicky Cambell has quit his Radio 5 Live Breakfast show


Nicky Cambell has quit his Radio 5 Live Breakfast showCredit: Rex Features

It will be based on the hour-long Your Call segment of the current Breakfast show.

Announcing the shake-up, he said: “Leaving Breakfast is really tough after so many unforgettable programmes with Rachel [Burden, co-host] and the team, but I’ve been getting up at 4am for 19 years now, so it’s time I had a bit more sleep!”

The new show really is a passion project, with Nicky adding: “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.”

Nicky with Davina McCall


Nicky with Davina McCallCredit: Rex

Nicky, who joined the station from Radio 1 in 1997, will also host a new podcast.

Other changes to the Radio 5 Live schedule include both Naga Munchetty and Adrian Chiles’ weekday shows being cut by an hour.

A spokesman said the reduction had always been part of the station’s plan.

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