talkRADIO evening show presenter James Whale is stepping down from his Saturday morning show on BBC Radio Kent after three years.
The former Metro, Radio Aire, talkSPORT and LBC host won’t now be doing a regular show for BBC Local Radio. Previously he’d been on BBC Essex breakfast, but left last year to take over evenings on digital station talkRADIO.
BBC Radio Kent says James is leaving after his programme on Saturday 19th August on ‘good terms’ and will be returning to cover shows for other presenters.
Gordon Davidson, Editor at BBC Radio Kent, joked: “I feel a little disappointed that James’ departure from the schedule is so amicable, I was hoping for at least some scandal or crisis. I am disappointed that he leaves with our best wishes and we look forward to seeing him back in the future.”
James told RadioToday: “This is genuinely one of the best shows I have worked on in my career and have thoroughly enjoyed my time on what is my local BBC station. The time is right for me to focus on other parts of my life including my garden and my charity, Kidney Cancer UK.”
He added: “I honestly tried really hard to get fired but they just kept inviting me back! I might start calling in and sharing my views as a listener…be aware of James on line three!!!”
James Whale was one of the launch presenters at Metro Radio in 1974 before moving to BBC Radio Derby then Radio Aire in Leeds, where he became a household name hosting an ITV show made at Yorkshire Television. He spent 13 years at talkSPORT before switching to LBC in 2008.
Listen to James talking about his life in radio in David Lloyd’s Conversations series: