Absolute Radio’s Hometime presenters Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port have announced they are leaving the station, live on-air.
Geoff has been at Absolute, and previously Virgin, for 18 years. He’s hosted most shows on the station during his time there, from Breakfast to Lates.
Annabel Port first worked at the station in 2001 and has worked with Geoff on breakfast and on ‘The Geoff Show’ since its inception in January 2006.
They shared the news live on Absolute Radio just after 6pm on Wednesday, which was the anniversary of Geoff’s first show at One Golden Square on 18th January 1999.
Absolute Radio Content Director Paul Sylvester said: “Geoff and Annabel are unique and talented broadcasters. Their contribution to radio at One Golden Square has been nothing short of remarkable. We look forward to enjoying the last few months of their show and wish them all the very best for the future.”
On the air at just after 6pm today, and on Facebook Live and Periscope, Geoff told listeners: “We’ve decided that it’s time to finish the show. We’re gonna end it. We’ve been here too long. I became a father for the first time last year. This shift is very funny hours and I have a lot of time during the day to be with my family. And I’d actually like to spend less time with my family!
“This is something Annabel and I have talked about for 18 months. It’s just time. We talked to the radio station management a little while ago and they couldn’t have been more accommodating – perhaps too accommodating. I was hoping for a little bit of ‘Oh, why don’t you stay?’ but there was none of that!”
In a statement released by Absolute’s owners Bauer Media, Geoff said: “After many incredible years at Virgin and Absolute Radio, it’s time that Annabel and I resolved the whole ‘will they/won’t they?’ storyline for listeners and colleagues alike.”
Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port will leave Absolute Radio at the end of April. Bauer says news on their replacement will be revealed in due course.
Listen to the announcement below:
— Paul Sylvester (@paulsylvester75) January 18, 2017