Eddie Mair to leave BBC after more than 30 years

Broadcaster and radio presenter Eddie Mair is leaving the BBC after more than 30 years at the corporation.

Mair, 52, joked that his departure as the main presenter for Radio 4's PM news programme would bring doom to the BBC, but a brilliant chance to shine for his successor.

His last show at the helm of the PM flagship evening news programme will be on August 17. 

He said: 'It's 31 years since I joined the BBC, 25 years since I first presented PM, and 20 since it became my main gig.

Broadcaster and radio presenter Eddie Mair is leaving the BBC after more than 30 years 

'I thought this was the appropriate moment to step out and give someone else a chance, before I'm so old my sentences make no lasagne.

'I'm going to miss the PM team, and Tony Hall's aftershave. I realise the BBC will close down without me and there will be a run on the pound but I can't stay in an organisation that refused to let me host Songs of Praise. I bought a jacket and everything.

'I'm truly grateful to the BBC, however for being given more opportunities over the years than I deserved. My apologies to PM listeners for all the things I've said that I shouldn't have, and all the things I should have said that I didn't.

'Whoever comes next will be getting the best job in the BBC and I honestly wish them the very best.'

Fran Unsworth, director of BBC News, said the hugely popular Mair has had a 'fantastic career' at the corporation, adding:

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