The award-winning and top-earning presenter of PM who is most known for grilling politicians along with his appearances on Newsnight has chosen to leave the corporation.
According to reports, Eddie’s departure follows months of wrangling over cutting the presenter’s pay, which is in the £300-349,999 band.
The 52-year-old wants to “give someone else a chance” and apologised to loyal listeners for his departure.
Eddie 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.
“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 can’t stay in an organisation that refused to let me host Songs of Praise
“I’m going to miss the PM team, and Tony Hall’s after shave. 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.”
He added: “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.”
Director of BBC News Fran Unsworth said: “Eddie has had a fantastic career at the BBC. Over the many years he has been here, he has been hugely popular with the public.