April 23, 2014

Robbie Vincent refused last show on Jazz

Robbie Vincent has been told he can’t record a final show on Jazz FM after he told station bosses he has decided to leave the station.

Robbie, who has been on Jazz FM for almost three years with a weekly show, announced his decision to leave the station on Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Robbie has told RadioToday.co.uk he’s leaving because he fears a ‘radio armageddon’ is on its way. “There will be news next week of further downgrading at the station,” he said.

Robbie continued: “Jazz FM has been such a difficult place to work at recently with it being so cash strapped. I offered to record a final show but management have declined my offer.”

The former Radio 1, Radio , Kiss and LBC presenter had already recorded his show, due to air this Sunday 1st December, before informing the station about leaving. This show will be broadcast as normal but Robbie is upset he won’t be able to say goodbye.

“I wanted to do the right thing and say goodbye to my loyal listeners properly,” he said. “December 8th was supposed to be my farewell show.”

A spokesperson for Jazz FM confirmed Robbie wasn’t given a ‘final’ show saying “this is generally accepted practice.”

They continued: “We’re very sad that Robbie has decided to leave Jazz FM. He is and always will be a legendary broadcaster and we’ll miss him here. Jeff Young will be replacing him with an extended programme full of the music that has fuelled both Robbie and Jeff for years and we look forward to this.”

Earlier this year, national DAB multiplex operator Arqiva advertised for anyone interested in running a replacement jazz station to come forward. In the meantime, Jazz FM has confirmed it will not be coming off DAB.

Posted on Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 11:53 am by .

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