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Shelagh Fogarty | 06:00 UK time, Thursday, 16 December 2010

So, the deed is done. I told Nicky a few days ago that I'd be leaving Breakfast and presenting the lunchtime show next year. It wasn't an easy thing to do -  the deciding or the telling -  but it was simply time for a change.

Seven years ago, having already broadcast with Nicky, on and off, I remember telling him I thought we'd be quite a force on the breakfast radio scene. Why? The man is a ball of energy and inventiveness, and I'm good with children!

If we were going to be in people's living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, and cars, five days a week, then people needed to feel what we did - that even though it was early, cold, busy, Monday, they were in the company of friends and there was fun to be had.

I've laughed till it hurts during my time on the show and hope our listeners have too. If I can take even half of what makes Breakfast so fantastic and translate it into my first real solo flight on 5 live, we'll do all right.

Till then, there's plenty more fun to be had with us until the end of April. Then and only then will I tell him and anyone who'll listen just what it means to me. Now back to work...


  • Comment number 1.

    I virtually never do anything as soft as this, but in your case I'm going to make an exception.
    When I first started recognising your voice on the radio, and learned your name, I thought you were just Nicky's 'assistant' if you like.
    Nicky has been one of my favourite people in the media since about 1998. He's got a great sense of humour, his humour is always mild and non-aggressive and he knows so much and is so respectful. I think he loves Scotland and Britain, but he is perfectly capable of bring critical of them when needed.
    But I now know that you are one of the funniest people on radio, just like Nicky, in your own right. You are also respectful, and understanding, just like him, and, to be honest, I think you are a little bit better at noticing things than Nicky is, and I'm sure he won't mind me saying so.
    You are both great radio presenters, in my opinion, and I have so enjoyed listening to your program.
    I studied in your home city, Liverpool, and I recognise your humour from my wonderful years there.
    I look forward to hearing you on the lunchtime program.
    I fully respect your decision to leave the Breakfast program, and sincerely hope that you and Nicky haven't had a fall-out (just kidding, I'm sure you haven't:))
    All the best,

  • Comment number 2.

    I have never commented on anything before so this is a first for me. I was listening this morning to the chat with Geoffrey Boycott and heard the news about you moving from the Breakfast programme. My husband and I have listened to you for many years since we first heard you on the Saturday morning programme with Brian Alexander. We awake each weekday morning at 5.59 to the alarm so we rouse with your voice before the 6.00 news and listen for the next hour before we have to leave for our working days. You will be missed indeed as you have made that hour of the mornings special in so many ways. It will be like losing a good friend with your excellent sense of humour, tact and diplomacy when needed and great banter with the likes of Vassos and this morning with Geoffrey Boycott. I’d like to wish you every continued success. You are a great natural broadcaster. Thank you

  • Comment number 3.

    Shelagh you have been a wonderful co-presenter on Breakfast, and your chemistry with Nicky is a joy to my ears. I often laugh out loud at your playful banter, and usually have a daft smile on my face during my drive to work in the morning.
    So sad to hear you are leaving, and not only for myself but Nicky too. He will miss you terribly I'm sure, and whoever takes your place has got big shoes to fill.
    But the good news (for me) is that I now work from home every day, and I can now have the radio on all the time. So I will be one of your faithful listeners when you take up your new lunchtime show! Nothing lasts forever, and I'm sure Nicky, although disappointed that you are leaving him, will wish you well and treasure the memories of the partnership you have shared on 5Live. It's obvious to your listeners that you are great friends with a deep affection for each other. Bless you Shelagh, and good luck! x

  • Comment number 4.

    Best of luck on the lunchtime slot Shelagh, I am at work when its braodcast so I won't have to listen to you mispronounce the word 'with' as WIT! thank heavens

  • Comment number 5.

    Shelagh and Nicky are excellent in the morning. they wake me up on my way to work with their gentle banter. Their questioning is incisive without being rude. Shelagh will be brilliant with the politicians. I have listened to Nicky since he was on radio 1- he is one of the best radio broadcasters that we have ever had. Rachel Burden would be my choice to work with him.


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