Diane Louise Jordan has decided to step down from presenting The Sunday Hour on BBC Radio 2 after five years.
The Sunday morning (6-7am) programme plays spiritually uplifting and inspiring music with hymns, gospel and choral classics.
Talking to listeners on her penultimate show on Sunday 2 July, Diane said: “I’m really grateful to have so many loyal listeners, which makes what I have to say even more difficult. I truly love this show and I care tremendously about it, I’m massively touched by your loyalty. But after a lot of thinking, I’ve made the really difficult decision to move on from The Sunday Hour, so sadly next week will be my last show. And I just want to say it’s been an absolute honour to share this time with you.”
Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2, says: “I’d like to thank Diane for hosting The Sunday Hour for the past five years and building up a tremendous rapport with the audience. Everyone at Radio 2 wishes Diane the best of luck for the future and we look forward to welcoming her back to the network in the near future.”
Diane took over from Father Brian Darcy on Sunday Half Hour in February 2012, and the show moved to an hour in January 2013.
Radio 2 says it will announce who will take over from Diane as presenter of The Sunday Hour in due course.