BBC Radio Scotland’s weekend late show presenter Tom Morton is taking a break from radio due to ill health.
He’s been off the air because of a heart problem recently but will return for a final Moreton Through Midnight programme on Sunday 31st May, ending 23 years with the station.
Tom, who broadcasts from his home in the Shetland Islands, said: “I’ve been humbled and moved by the outpouring of support since news of my illness broke online, and the many people expressing the hope that I’ll be back on air soon. Alas, that’s not going to happen. After more than 20 years of regular live broadcasting on BBC Radio Scotland, and having talked things over with my family, I’ve decided it’s time to move on.”
He added: “There may be other on-air projects, but, having taken stock, and with grateful thanks to the Morton Through Midnight listeners, who have been so committed and who in so many cases have become friends, to Demus Productions and everyone at BBC Radio Scotland, it’s a really heartfelt thank you. And goodnight.”
Head of Radio Scotland, Jeff Zycinski, said: “I count myself among Tom’s many fans and I’m sorry he’s taking a step back – hopefully temporarily – from radio. We’ve worked together on and off for more than 20 years. His passion for music and story-telling is what makes him such a fine and authentic broadcaster.”