The fate of BBC Radio 2
Ken Bruce, who had been with the company for over 40 years, has officially stopped hosting his BBC Radio 2 program. The 72-year-old Scottish host had been in charge of the morning show for more than 30 years and gave his last performance on Friday to Zoe Ball.
Although his contract with the broadcaster was slated to finish at the end of March, he had earlier tweeted that he was "a bit startled and upset" that his final program had been moved from Zoe Ball to the BBC.
Although the TV presenter's contract was set to expire at the end of March, he previously tweeted that he was "a bit surprised and disappointed" that his final show had been moved to the BBC.
On Friday, he acknowledged the situation by stating that the BBC had the authority to request him to leave a little early. Before the last episode of the program, listeners left voicemails expressing their gratitude and best wishes for the future, and there were cards all around the DJ in the studio.
As the final contestant in PopMaster, a lengthy quiz where listeners answer musical questions, he skipped questions on particular musical groups. When his 30-year run ended, he praised his audience, Radio 2 staff, and the BBC. With rare exceptions, he acclaimed the BBC as the best broadcaster globally and expressed his gratitude to the Ken Bruce Preservation Society for presenting him with a bottle of Irish cream liqueur.
The DJ's time at the BBC came to an end with a compilation of songs from The Beatles' Abbey Road album, which included Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, and The End. According to a spokesperson from Radio 2, it was already expected that Ken would leave in March.
In April, he will start hosting a new morning program from 10am to 1pm on Bauer Greatest Hits Radio. Meanwhile, the BBC disclosed that Vernon Kay would be replacing Ken on Radio 2, although the date of this change has not been revealed yet.