BBC issues statement after Shaun Keaveny’s 6 Music exit after 14 years sparks complaints

BBC Radio presenter Shaun Keaveny gets emotional on final show

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Earlier this year Shaun Keaveny announced his departure from BBC Radio 6 Music after 14 years with the station, much to the disappointment of fans. A few weeks after the radio star, who hosted a weekday afternoon show, presented his last programme, the BBC has issued a statement about his exit.

The network wished the 49-year-old well in his future endeavours and informed listeners that he would be back on the airwaves in the very near future.

It read: “As Shaun said on his final day, radio is an incredibly personal and much-appreciated medium.

“Radio networks always evolve over time, but we understand it may be difficult for some listeners when a favourite presenter leaves and the schedule changes.

“Shaun is a much loved presenter on 6 Music, and we respect his decision to leave the station.

“We wish him the best of luck for the future of course. You might be interested to know he’s covering for Liza Tarbuck again on Radio 2 this Saturday, 25th September.”

The statement continued: “Some people have also commented on the general direction of the network. We’ll continue to offer the best music beyond the mainstream, championing artists and genres from around the UK and the world.

“Craig Charles has been a long-appreciated part of the 6 Music family, whether he’s hosting his own Saturday night show or deputising for weekday presenters.

“So although we’ll miss Shaun, we look forward to the launch of Craig’s new show,” it went on to add.

Shaun presented his last show on September 10 after announcing his departure back in June.

At the time he said: “Things change, places change, people change, and it’s time for a change, after 14 years (it will seem longer to many) I’m leaving 6 Music.

“You have been there through births, marriages, deaths, divorces, get togethers, break ups, great sandwiches, bad curries, deceased pets, the lot.

“You have been unceasingly funny, always kind, always there with pendantry or support for even the silliest feature idea.

“I will be back with something soon, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride. In the meantime, feel free to buy me a pint in the Open Arms later, and remember, I love you.”

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Listeners took to Twitter to share their disappointment at the news.

“Well that, Mr Keaveny, is genuinely sad news. I feel the station changing a lot recently and there are fewer reasons to tune in now you’ve gone. Best of luck you fantastic snowflake,” Twitter user SarahLOnions wrote online.

“I’m totally gutted. THE best DJ on radio for me since I discovered him hiding on 6 music. I dread to think what guitar hating PC replacement 6 will have lined up.

“Hopefully you’ll bring your cheery misery to another station soon!” user tictoon added.

Shaun joined 6 Music in 2007 and hosted a late evening show to begin with.

Within a few months, he moved across to the breakfast show, where he remained until the end of 2018.

He started the year off in a new time slot of 1pm to 4pm.

Former Coronation Street star Craig will take over from Shaun next month.

Following the announcement of the news, the TV personality said he was looking forward to being on the airwaves.

He said: “I’m made up to be able to present a brand new show on 6 Music later this year.

“So, join me each weekday afternoon for a cup of tea, a chat and where I’ll be playing some cracking tunes from across the musical spectrum.

“I can’t wait to get started – bring it on!”

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