Nicky Campbell leaving BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast

Nicky Campbell is moving to a new time slot of 9am till 11am weekdays on 5 Live after almost 20 years at Breakfast.

His programme partner of 10 years Rachel Burden will continue on the breakfast show and a new co-host will be announced soon.

Nicky says: “It’s why I love 5 Live – hearing from listeners and talking to people about what really does matter to them and their communities. It’s a constant privilege hearing people’s passion, candour, anger and raw honesty.

“Our listeners make me listen. They make me think, laugh and cry. I can’t wait for this to start.

“Leaving Breakfast is really tough after so many unforgettable programmes with Rachel and the team, but I’ve been getting up at four am for 19 years now so it’s time I had a bit more sleep!”

Nicky joined 5 Live from Radio 1 in 1997, where he had worked for ten years.

As well as his new show, Nicky will also front a new podcast for 5 Live and BBC Sounds.

Heidi Dawson, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, says: “Nicky is the master of radio phone-in broadcasting. The last year with the pandemic has shown just how deep Nicky’s connection is with our listeners across the UK.

“They have opened up to him about every detail of their lives through this difficult time. We want to give our audience more time on air and Nicky is the perfect presenter to enable that conversation. So it’s exciting he’ll launch this new show for us, giving him more time to do what he does best.

“Hearing from people right across the UK is what 5 Live is all about; alongside the latest news, the best sports coverage, and entertaining conversation.”

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