BBC Tees presenter John Foster has left the station to spend more time with his family.
John had been commuting across the North for the last three years to continue his daily afternoon show but had decided to look for new opportunities closer to home.
In a statement to RadioToday, the station said: “We’re sorry that John has chosen to leave. We thank him for his excellent contribution and wish him well for the future. Bob Fischer is currently presenting the Afternoon Show on BBC Tees.”
John says: “After 15 years it’s a massive wrench to leave my hometown radio station – the place where I began my career helping out on the sport programme in 1987 at just 15 years old. As a family we moved to be closer to Anna’s workplace at 5 live in 2014 and since then I’ve been travelling more than 200 miles a day between home and work.
“Understandably, that took a toll on my health. My priority has to be spending less time commuting and more time with my children. That’s the reason why I’m leaving BBC Tees.
“During my time at BBC Tees I’ve presented nearly every show on the station, and been at the forefront of some of the biggest events in the area. From royal visits to cup finals, the closure of the steelworks to the fight to save Darlington football club, I’m really proud as a born and bred Teessider to have had the opportunity to be with the listeners at such defining moments. They are the heartbeat of the radio station and they’ve given me some unforgettable moments.
“I’m also really proud to see the people who’ve worked with me over the years flourish and grow into senior roles.
“I wish BBC Tees and all my friends at the station continuing success in the future.”
John has presented at a number of stations during his career, including Hallam FM, Radio Aire, TFM, BBC Radio Leeds, Sheffield, Norfolk, 5 live and Great Yorkshire Gold.