BBC Radio 4 announcers Charlotte Green and Harriet Cass, with 74 years of service between them, are taking voluntary redundancy as the BBC cuts its announcing team from 12 to 10.
They have both seen on the station since the 1970s, introducing programmes and reading news on the Today programme.
Gwyneth Williams, Radio 4 controller told The Telegraph: “Harriet Cass and Charlotte Green have made an immense contribution to Radio 4. We will all miss them – and I know I speak for listeners as well as colleagues.
“They have both chosen to move on and they go with my personal respect and affection as well as the good wishes of everyone who has grown to know and love them over many years.”
The departure of Cass leaves Chris Arlidge as the station’s most senior announcer. His tip for making a success of the job? “Remembering that silence is a powerful tool on Radio 4. To quote Oscar Wilde: ‘He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing’.”
Charlotte joined the BBC in 1978 as a studio manager whilst Harriet joined the corporation in 1972 reporting from Westminster and producing Today In Parliament, before being promoted to senior announcer.