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Sarah Kennedy to leave BBC Radio 2

Presenter Sarah Kennedy is to leave BBC Radio 2 after more than 17 years in the early morning slot, it has been announced.

Kennedy, 60, said it was "time for a change" and she is looking forward to "new opportunities".

She will not return to the station and her programme will be presented by Lynn Parsons for the next four weeks.

Kennedy first joined Radio 2 in 1976 to present request show Family Favourites, after cutting her broadcasting teeth in Singapore.

She went on to find TV fame in Game For A Laugh with Matthew Kelly, Henry Kelly and Jeremy Beadle.

Kennedy launched her Dawn Patrol show in January 1993.

She said: "After 17 years of early starts, the temptation of destroying my alarm clock has proved too much to resist and as I have been spared for this long, it's time for a change.

"I shall miss my Dawn Patrollers - their wit, wisdom and warmth - more than I can put into words.

"After I've taken a long-earned rest, I'm looking forward to new opportunities, hopefully inside and outside broadcasting."

Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: "Sarah has entertained Radio 2 listeners for over 20 years with energy and enthusiasm, gaining an army of fans with her inimitable style of broadcasting."

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