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BBC's Stephen Nolan hints at retirement with 'big decision to make' at the end of year

Would you like to see Nolan on Celebrity Big Brother?

By Claire Williamson

Stephen Nolan has hinted at retirement as he said he has a "big decision to make at the end of the year".

The BBC broadcaster with his "biggest show in the country" is a household name in Northern Ireland.

He is famed for his heated-interviews with politicians debating the hard-hitting issues.

The presenter hosts his morning radio show and his Nolan Live television show.

He also hosts shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights on BBC Radio 5 live.

Nolan had also hinted at the idea earlier this year.

But now, after turning 43 a couple of days ago, he said he was going to be faced with a "big decision" this year.

He said: "I've been working 7 days a week for 15 years. And I'm at the stage now I'm 43 I'm making a big decision at the end of this year. Who knows what I won't do anymore.

"But it does terrify me that feeling of not being constantly busy every day of the week."

The discussion came as the Nolan show debated the perfect retirement age. It was sparked as Swedish DJ Avicii will play one of his last shows tonight in Belfast at Tennent's Vital as he is set to retire at the age of 26.

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Nolan added that his current lifestyle doesn't lend itself to him being able to own a pet dog which he would love to do.

He also said that he was putting it off until he was 65 but feared his "lifestyle" might not let him make it.

He said: "I absolutely love Five Live, I love Radio Ulster and it's so special to me.

I love television. But I can't keep on at the pace I'm going.

But even the thought of being able to have a wee dog. I can't have  dog at the minute. Because I'm on a plane every week m out of the country three days a week.

"I'm putting off until I'm 60 / 65 and I'm thinking to myself with my lifestyle i might not get there So why not get one now."

Nolan then pondered the perfect age of retirement.

He said: "I wonder is the perfect age in your mid 40s and if you are healthy you have another 20 odd years at least if you are healthy.

"To use the money you've earned, to travel and the world is your own."

However, if Nolan does feel like cutting back a bit on his working hours - a proposition has been made that would keep him busy next year.

Racing pundit John McCririck has said Nolan should take part in Celebrity Big Brother next year.

He urged his listeners to start a campaign to get him on the fly-on-the-wall programme

John McCririck was a former contestant on the programme.

He said: "I've got a suggestion, why don't you go in the big brother house. You would be absolutely fantastic - you would be amazing."

However Nolan responded that he didn't think he was a "celebrity" enough saying "I don't think I would make it."

McCririck said: "You would bring your light hearted touch which they need so badly.

You would be absolutely fantastic in the house.

I'm nominating you as in the Big Brother house and I'll have a bet on you my self.

"All your listeners should get a campaign going and get Stephen Nolan in the big brother house.

"Get Stephen Nolan in."

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