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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 17:48 GMT
Drivetime DJ Walker to step down
Johnnie Walker
Walker will present a special on the Eagles later this year
DJ Johnnie Walker is to step down as host of BBC Radio 2's Drivetime show at the end of March after seven years.

From April he will concentrate on rock interviews and a new Sunday programme. He will also host the Radio 2 Breakfast Show when Terry Wogan is on leave.

"I've had a wonderful time presenting Drivetime and enjoyed it enormously. After seven years on one show I feel it's time for a change," he said.

The 60-year-old collected an MBE for services to broadcasting last week.

Walker - who previously worked on pirate station Radio Caroline - began at the BBC on Radio 1 in 1969, moving to Radio 2 in 1998.

He took over the Drivetime slot from John Dunn in 1999, boosting the show's audience by two million.

"The new Sunday show will be give me the opportunity to present a programme with a spiritual angle, something I've been talking to Radio 2 about for over a year," he said.

"And after getting such positive feedback for my Eric Clapton special last summer, I'm keen to do more interviews with the major names in rock."

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