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Karen Patterson on launching her new farming podcast and having 'no regrets' about leaving Good Morning Ulster

Broadcasting favourite Karen Patterson talks to Linda Stewart about embracing life away from the Radio Ulster studio, enjoying quality time with her young son, and her new farming podcasts

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Former BBC presenter Karen Patterson. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Former BBC presenter Karen Patterson. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Cliff Donaldson

Former BBC presenter Karen Patterson. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

It was a shock to many listeners when Karen Patterson announced she would be leaving BBC NI after 10 years in the hot seat at Good Morning Ulster. After taking up a voluntary redundancy offer, the popular broadcaster departed from the flagship Radio Ulster show on January 31, which of course is also known as Brexit Day.

"I thought that having nursed the Brexit debate for three-and-a-half years at that point, it was a fitting day for me to say goodbye. We say goodbye to Europe, I say goodbye to BBC Northern Ireland - and that was it," she laughs.

More seriously, though, Karen (49) says that the dilemma that confounds so many working parents strongly influenced what was an undeniably tough decision: she loved her career, but she knew that she also wanted to be able to spend more time with her nine-year-old son than the demands of a high-profile job in the media made possible.