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Thank you for the music

Bruce hosts final show... with parting shot at BBC

- By Paul Revoir Media Editor

KEN Bruce bid an emotional farewell to his listeners on Radio 2 yesterday after more than four decades at the BBC.

And prior to his final broadcast, the Scottish DJ took a parting shot at bosses after they forced him to leave his show earlier than planned.

He told the Today programme earlier in the morning: ‘It’s entirely within the BBC’s right to ask me to step away a little early. But for the sake of 17 days, which was all that was remaining [on my contract]... It seems a shame.’

The 72-year-old had the most popular show on British radio with 8.2million weekly listeners and is leaving to join commercial rival Greatest Hits Radio.

He is being replaced by 48-year-old presenter Vernon Kay after 31 years on the Radio 2 mid-morning show, having started at the BBC in 1977.

At the end of his final broadcast, Bruce quoted the words from the final track he played, The Beatles song The End, saying: ‘And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make’.

He added: ‘I have loved being here with you. Thank you so much and may we meet again somewhere.’

 ?? ?? Smiling to the end: Ken Bruce in the studio yesterday
Smiling to the end: Ken Bruce in the studio yesterday
 ?? ?? Stellar career: The broadcaste­r in 1984
Stellar career: The broadcaste­r in 1984

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