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Claudia Winkleman quits Radio 2 show

Claudia Winkleman quits Radio 2 show
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Claudia Winkleman will leave her Saturday morning Radio 2 show next March, with Romesh Ranganathan taking over the slot from April.

Claudia Winkleman has announced that she is to step down from her Saturday morning Radio 2 show from early next year.

The presenter has been with the station since 2008 and took over the 10am to 1pm slot on Saturdays in February 2021.

Winkleman's last show will go out in March next year, with comedian Romesh Ranganathan then taking over the slot with a brand new show the following month.

"I absolutely love Radio 2 and it's been a privilege to host the Saturday morning show for three years," she said. "I will miss our amazing guests, our brilliant listeners and the one and only Sally Traffic.

"The truth is my children are growing up inordinately fast so I have decided to follow them around at home before they leave for good. I'm incredibly grateful to everyone who works on the show, I will continue to visit with badly made biscuits and will pester the bosses to present the odd special.

"I couldn't be happier that Romesh is taking over Saturday mornings on Radio 2. He is brilliantly laugh out loud funny, and I'll listen every single week as my kids beg me to leave them alone."

Ranganathan said: "In my many years working as a maths teacher thinking 'what would happen if I gave this up?', I never imagined I'd be sandwiched between Dermot O'Leary and Steve Wright on the UK's most popular radio station every Saturday morning.

"I'm grateful to Claud for wanting to spend more time with her kids, and enabling me to spend less time with mine, and I look forward to finding out what the nation is up to at that time, as well as speaking to some familiar faces. It's going to be fun. Probably."

Ranganathan will continue to host his weekly show For The Love Of Hip Hop for the station alongside his new show.

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