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Friday, 18 January, 2002, 12:41 GMT
Sir Jimmy Young to leave lunchtime show: Your views
Sir Jimmy Young is set to leave his lunchtime show on Radio 2 at the end of the year after hosting it for 28 years.
However, the presenter who was recently knighted in the New Year's Honours List will host a weekend current affairs programme on the station in 2003.
The move had been widely rumoured with Radio 5 DJ Nicky Campbell being named as a possible replacement for Sir Jiimmy.
Send us your memories of Sir Jimmy's long stint on his lunchtime show.
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
I too think that it is terrible that Sir Jimmy is been sidelined by Radio 2. It is clear that he is still a very popular presenter, how many other radio programmes can attract 5.4 million listeners day in day out. It is pure ageism at the Radio 2, I think that it will be impossible to replace him, which will lead to a sharp fall in figures for his radio show after he has gone.
Good Luck Jimmy in your new venture.
A real loss to the network - Jimmy's programme is one that sets the flavour of Radio 2, and even as a younger listener (aged 20), I shall miss it dearly.
There's no denying Jimmy Young is a fantastic broadcaster, but he should've left Radio 2 a few years ago when the station went through it's change of image. I enjoy his style of show, but maybe it's time to pull the plug on these mid-morning debates. Most people want entertainment throughout the day, so maybe Radio 2 should be looking for someone like Steve Wright to fill the void, and leave the John Inverdales and Nicky Campbells of the broadcasting world to Radio 4. After all, Radio Two's image change has made them into Britain's most listened to radio station.
Yes, it is sad that JY is leaving his programme, and he will definately be a hard act to follow. But trying hard not to sound ageist, he is 80 and the direction that Radio 2 is heading he is well past it. Shouldn't the BBC now start to think of a new station for "the older listeners" who like much older music. Personally, I've never liked Nicky Campbell even when he was at Radio 1. He is too opinionated and arrogant and could never step into JYs shoes.
I teach English and as part of a lesson on presentation skills I use 5 - 10 minutes of one of his interviews to show the pupils the value of listening and on how to use their voice. Indeed, the class were quick to comment on Jimmy's flexible tones and the way he varies his intonation to point up meaning. Today in class they were talking about Jimmy and how they couldn't believe he is in his late 70s - they thought he sounded so sharp and energetic on the radio. Perhaps the BBC could bring out a CD of his greatest interviews - he certainly has a lot to teach anyone interested in improving their communication skills.
JY is an inspiration to all people around his age, he still has a quick mind and a great sense of humour, all the best Jimmy.
Alan Taylor, Scotland
JY will be missed. I work from home and his programme gives me a good balance of light entertainment and serious views.
I am a relatively new listener to Jimmy's excellent show and feel very hard done by that I did not switch on sooner. Good luck on your retirement, Jimmy you will be a hard act to follow!
I was a fan of JY when he took "Till" to the top of the hit parade. He had/has a pleasant voice.
Andy Thacker, UK
What a fantastic broadcaster Sir Jimmy is! Still in my 20's, I find his style to be perfectly balanced and his ability to present and interview without letting personal opinions sway him are second to none. What a pleasure it is to listen to someone who understands his audience.
For my part I would have to say that Jeremy Vine would seem to be a good host to fill the afternoon slot.
Elaine Donnelly, USA
The JY departure is the best news in years. Could we now have a complete clean-out and be rid of the Dimblebys, Terry Wogan and Esther Rantzen - PLEASE.
Whenever I visit the UK I listen to JY and I know lots of others who do too.
He's doing an excellent job so as they say -
If it ain't broke don't fix it!
I will be sorry to see Jimmy Young go - every time someone sits in for him, I stop listening. The rest sound strained and forced compared to the news knight.
Len Crank, Lancashire, England
Jeremy Vine must get the job. He fits the Radio 2 style much more than the blokeish, 5-Live way of Nicky Campbell.
Mark Blackburn, London, UK
My only memories of Jimmy Young are turning the radio off every time he came on. He's had a successful career but I won't be sorry to see him go.
I listen to JY whenever I can, usually in the car.
When we were in the heart of the General Election last year, I was so impressed in the way he interviewed the party leaders.
Jimmy's questioning was un-biased and asked the questions the listeners wanted to have asked. If necessary, he would press the point home, sometimes with a hint of sarcasm.
He has an interesting quorum of guests, which never fail to inform and entertain - especially the Legal Beagle.
He will be missed.
Ray Blackwell, England
He's had a good enough run. The time for change is now, but rather than going for a big name presenter I think the BBC ought to invite applications for BBC local radio too. Alan Beswick - BBC GMR / Barbara Sturgeon - BBC Radio Kent will fit in quite nicely.
I hope Jim's successor will be as adept as JY at interviewing people who don't want to answer the question - I wish all interviewers were so well prepared and determined - well done JY - and good luck in the new job - no ageism probs for you then!
The BBC is very short-sighted if it does not do everything possible to try to retain JY's services. The idea that the arrogant and self satisfied Nicky Campbell could ever fill his shoes is quite simply preposterous.
My joy is unconfined, I have waited most of my life in the expectation that Jimmy will retire soon; at last we will be free of the man. We will, won't we?
I think it's sad. The show is as good as it's always been and Jimmy's fresh voice will be missed. It's hard to see who can fill his shoes.
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