Signal 1 breakfast presenters Andy Cook and Louise Stones announced on air this morning that they’ve been told by management they’re finishing on the show.
Louise has been on the Stoke-on-Trent based station’s breakfast show for the last 16 years, and was joined by Andy three years ago. The pair say they’ll be finishing on Friday 24th February.
In an emotional link, Louise said: “We’ve simply been told that it’s time for change. And we were told that on Friday. We wanted you just to know. I have enjoyed every second and I thank you immensely for keeping me in this seat because we’re just not going to be knocking around between 6 and 10 any more.
“We’ve been told it’s time for change. I love this show – I said from the start I would never choose to leave it I would have to be kicked out of the seat. We finish a week on Friday and we’re going to have the best fun ever like we always have.”
Louise was almost in tears as she delivered the news and the duo took calls from listeners who rang in to express their disgust and anger at the change.
Speaking to one of the listeners who was crying down the phone asking why it was happening, Louise said: “No reason. They called us in on Friday and said it’s nothing more than they want a change. That’s all they’ve said. We don’t understand, we don’t want to go.”
There have also been a number of tweets to the station from listeners upset at the news, but it’s not clear whether Andy and Louise are leaving the station altogether or just the breakfast show.
A spokesperson for Signal 1 said: “After sixteen years we felt the time was right to make some changes and refresh the Breakfast Show programme. We are super excited about the new line up and look forward to announcing it to our listeners very soon – tune in for more information.”
Listen to the audio from this morning here: