Radio legend hits out at BBC announcement of resignation, saying: ‘My job no longer exists’

A BBC radio presenter has taken a swipe at her soon-to-be former employer after confirming she was leaving the station after 25 years.

Kirsteen Thorne, famous for her Saturday breakfast show on BBC radio Norfolk quit her job after telling listeners that her “job is no more.”

Kirsteen Thorne has left the BBC after 25 years


Kirsteen Thorne has left the BBC after 25 yearsPhoto credit: BBC
She has followed Ken Bruce out the door in a long line of BBC stars


She has followed Ken Bruce out the door in a long line of BBC starsPhoto credit: PA

The presenter has fronted her region’s early morning show for the past 13 years and has worked with the Beeb for 25 years.

She is the latest in a long line of stars to leave the company, following in the footsteps of radio legend Ken Bruce.

In a scathing tweet she admitted her last day at the station would be October 30, but she had decided to use up her remaining annual leave as she did not want to return in any capacity until then due to the spate of changes in local radio.

On X, formerly Twitter, Kirsteen wrote: “I’m officially leaving the BBC on October 30th. My job no longer exists and I am currently using my vacation.”

“Today I received an email about my upcoming appraisal interview where I can ‘celebrate my achievements’ and ‘clarify myself’ Future Priorities’.”

She took aim and added a final blow, writing: “You have to laugh.”

In August this year it was confirmed that it would be leaving its regular broadcast after the BBC confirmed that it would be implementing a series of changes that would mean its broadcast area would now include eight additional counties in addition to Norfolk.

Kirsteen was last on air with her beloved show in August, where she confirmed she was leaving the show, before making it clear she was leaving the BBC entirely.

At the time she told her listeners: “Many of you will be aware of the changes taking place at BBC Local Radio as some of our programs here are being regionalized to enable more.” Money invested in improving the company’s digital services.

“This means that this program and the Sunday morning program will move from programs dedicated to Norfolk to programs broadcast in eight counties.”

“Now I’ve thought long and hard about what my future should be here at the BBC and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t really enjoy presenting a show with such a large scope.”

According to the BBC, local broadcasters in the south and east of England have made changes to their programming from Monday September 4th.

This change saw many local services merged Goal larger regions and focus less on local content and News characteristics and recreate a smaller version of it more closely nationwide Sister networks.

The BBC’s radio service has seen a number of high-profile stars and local legends leave the company this year amid a turbulent time for the radio industry.

Ken Bruce, known for his morning show on Radio 2 and coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest, was one of the first big stars will be leaving early this year.

He admitted he was “a little surprised and disappointed” after being told he would be taken off air within days of his decision to leave the station.

Ken had expected to fulfill the terms of his contract at the time, but after he made it clear that he had no intention of renewing it, his superiors seemingly gave him his marching orders.

He announced in January he was leaving the BBC, before confirming he would be moving to Bauer’s Greatest Hits Radio in April to host a new morning show from 10am to 1pm, taking his beloved popmaster with him.

Kirsteen’s exit bears striking similarities to that of BBC Radio Essex’s Ray Clark, who also left local radio last month.

The DJ decided to take matters into his own hands after his bosses left him in the dark about the future of his show.

He was furious: “I heard a year ago that changes would affect my BBC shows. Since then, the final dates have been postponed and changed without notice.”

“Since I still have no certainty about the final dates, I am taking control.”

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“I will present my last show on October 8th.”

He will remain as presenter at Radio Caroline, which was originally an “offshore pirate radio station”.

Gary B. Graves

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