BBC Bristol presenter retires

After 30 years, BBC Radio Bristol presenter John Turner is to hang up his headphones one final time as he retires on 20th July. Bristol born John is perhaps best known for his phone-in show Talking Back and consumer programme Sounding Off. He has also been a musician and guitar teacher, as well as, in his own words, a "part-time rake and bon viveur".

Radio Bristol's Managing Editor, Tim Pemberton, says: "After almost 30 years of broadcasting for the station it's hard to imagine BBC Radio Bristol without the voice of John Turner and he is going to be greatly missed by both the listeners and us, his colleagues.

"Whether he was presenting a marathon 12 hours of live radio for the climax of the Babe Appeal, covering an election or Concorde's last flight home to Bristol he always managed to strike the right tone switching from humour to serious discussion with consummate ease.

"We all wish him a very happy retirement."

John is currently presenting breakfast – a show which he took over less than 12 months ago.

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