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6 June 2024

Ronan Keating hangs up his headphones on Magic Radio Breakfast

Ronan Keating has announced today that after seven years of co-hosting the Magic Radio Breakfast show with Harriet Scott, he鈥檒l be stepping down from presenting early mornings at the end of July.

Speaking to listeners on the Breakfast show this morning, Ronan shared 鈥 鈥淚t鈥檚 been very difficult for me to come to this conclusion, and to make this decision. I wanted our listeners, our Magic Breakfast listeners and our Magic Radio listeners be the first to know. That after seven years and so many incredible shows, I鈥檝e decided to stand down from Magic Breakfast at the end of July. I have loved every single minute, this has not been an easy decision at all. I came on board as you know [Harriet] for a year, maybe two and I鈥檝e loved the job so much that I鈥檝e stayed here for seven. We鈥檝e had an amazing time and we鈥檝e been through some incredibly emotional times with people at home. Those two years that the world changed. It was an honour to be able to be in people鈥檚 homes and communicate with them like we did.

鈥淪o yeah, although I won鈥檛 be waking the nation up anymore with you [Harriet], I look forward to, I guess reconnecting with what I did before this 鈥 you know getting back to my music and touring. Even though I鈥檝e been doing it, trying to do both together has not been easy at times. And getting back to being with my family 鈥 you know doing school runs and those things that I鈥檝e missed out on, Waking up with my wife in the morning, you know? I know it sounds ridiculous but it鈥檚 really important and I鈥檝e missed that.

鈥淚鈥檓 going to miss the team, I鈥檓 going to miss our incredible production team, led by the mighty Brian Murphy. Matt and Alex, and you know all our past producers and team here鈥

He goes on to say…

“What I鈥檝e realised is how incredible it is to connect with people. The medium of radio is so powerful, more powerful than anything else in this modern age. And it’s been a real honour to broadcast and be considered a radio broadcaster. You and I [Harriet], they put us together. Who knew that this could work?! It’s been incredible. I’m going to miss you. It’d been an amazing seven years. You’ve taught me so much Harriet Scott, you’re a radio legend, and it has been an honour to broadcast with you.

“You’ve shown me how to do this and it鈥檚 been an honour, and I鈥檓 not leaving the Magic Radio family, just Magic Breakfast for me 鈥 it鈥檚 time for me to go. A massive thank you to everybody for the love you鈥檝e shown me, the love you鈥檝e shown this show for the last seven years. It鈥檇 been incredible.鈥

Ronan Keating joined Magic Radio in 2017, and within his first year won the Gold award at the ARIAs (Audio and Radio Industry Awards) for Best New Presenter. The Magic Radio Network recently celebrated its best ever audience figures in the recent RAJAR results, with 4.4 million people listening each week, and at the helm of the station鈥檚 Breakfast show, Ronan and co-host Harriet Scott have been instrumental in growing this.

Magic Radio has won many awards for its commercial campaigns including its partnership with On the Beach and Netflix and continues to deliver impactful campaigns, including with its current partnership with Samsung.

Ronan鈥檚 final show on Magic Radio Breakfast will be 31st July, and he鈥檒l remain a friend of the station 鈥搘atch this space for more news!

Co-host Harriet Scott also remains on Magic Radio, including presenting Magic Radio Breakfast alongside Ronan until the end of July, with further show news to follow.

Harriet said, 鈥淲ell what can I say, I鈥檓 heartbroken that I鈥檒l soon no longer be sharing my mornings with my sidekick, but I鈥檓 also absolutely delighted for him to be embarking on his next chapter. Ronan is one of a kind and I know we haven鈥檛 seen the last of him here at Magic!鈥

Magic Radio Content Director, Rachel Mallender added, 鈥淩onan is a brilliant broadcaster and after seven years of early mornings, entertaining millions across the nation, he鈥檚 certainly earned a well-deserved lie-in! While he鈥檒l be popping up on the station, it鈥檚 only right that we give him a good send off on Magic Radio Breakfast which has been his home since he joined, so do listen in across the summer as we say farewell.鈥

To listen to Magic Radio, find it on 105.4FM in London or nationally on digital radio, via the Magic App or online at magic.co.uk. Follow Magic Radio on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok.

 

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