BBC Essex breakfast show presenter James Whale is leaving the station, he announced on-air this morning.
He’ll continue to present his Saturday show, Something for the Weekend, on BBC Radio Kent, but will be off to look at other media work. He’ll be covering drivetime on talkRADIO next week, then take a week off and see what happens.
Speaking on inRadio after his BBC Essex show this morning, he said: “It was my choice to leave the breakfast show. After Celebrity Big Brother there’s been no shortage of offers and getting up at 4 o’clock every morning is OK if you’re being paid lots of money and I’m not needing the stress at the moment.”
“They asked me if I stayed on till the end of the year but I thought if I did, I probably wouldn’t go at all!”
James joined BBC Essex in 2014 and has worked on LBC, talkRADIO and talkSPORT in recent years.