BBC’s Reed to step down after 32 years
BBC Radio Cornwall’s Laurence Reed will be stepping down from his post after 32 years.
His last day will be Nov. 6.
The program, which runs 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be presented in the interim by James Dundon.
Announcing his departure live on air, Reed, said:
“There’s no easy way of saying this – but yes I am leaving the BBC in two weeks after 32 years.
“I started as a tea boy answering the phones, so I haven’t progressed that much actually!
“I don’t want people to feel sad because we’re handing on the baton to a really powerful team so the same kind of program will continue. We will challenge those decision makers, we will hold people to account.
“I’ve had a difficult 12 months. I’m not going to use sepsis as an excuse but it makes you revaluate life – and it’s probably left me with a little less energy than before.
“Let’s enjoy the next two weeks – it’s business as usual until then and it’ll be business as usual after that.”
During his 32-year tenure with the broadcaster, Reed has interviewed celebrities, prime ministers and thousands of Cornish locals.
Additionally, his monthly mental health phone-in recently won an award from the British Medical Journal.
Stephanie Marshall, head of BBC in the West and South West, said:
“Laurence is a talented presenter, diligent journalist and tireless champion of Cornwall, who has a unique ability to connect with listeners. He has chosen to step down from the phone-in show but will always be a friend of the station.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those leaving BBC Radio Cornwall – your work has been invaluable in helping to make the station the success it is.”