Iain Lee exits talkRADIO after 4 years

Iain Lee says that last night was his final show on talkRadio after receiving the news that his contract isn’t being renewed.

Iain presented a late night show on the station, which he joined in 2016.

Posting on Facebook and Twitter, Ian said: “So Here’s The Thing… I no longer work at talkRADIO.

“I’ve been waiting for a while to find out if my contract was going to be renewed and today I was finally told that, no, it isn’t.

“I won’t be going back on air. My last show was last night’s (which I thought was a little dull, a 5 out of 10 only! Out with a whimper!)

“I have had an amazing 4 years at talkRADIO. I’m the only host to be in the original slot that I asked for 4 years after the station started. The only host to have won an industry award (2 ARIAs actually, Best Speech Presenter 2017 and Best Radio Moment 2020). The only host to have saved 2 lives on air. The only host to have helped a hopeless alcoholic find redemption. The only host to have had an actual breakdown on the radio. The only host to have told the truth about your prime minister being a racist idiot.

“I could not have done this without my producer and later co-host Katherine Boyle. She was the real power behind the show, not me. I love you Katherine and I know that we made something unique. Only you and I know what went on behind the scenes, and yet we stayed true to our aim – to bring more silliness and humanity to the radio.

“I would like to thank Scott, Liam and Dennie for allowing me to play in their house for so long and for giving me the freedom you did.”

He also sent thanks to his listeners who’d stuck with him, saying: “You showed me that I was right to swim against the tide. You joined our silly little gang and played along. I am eternally grateful.”

Iain ended by saying that he’s available for work: “Oh, and radio controllers and programmers…got any cover shifts going?”

talkRADIO Programme Director Dennie Morris told RadioToday: “I’d like to offer my personal thanks to Iain as he leaves us with our very best wishes. He was there at the launch of talkRADIO and has built a loyal fan base for his irreverent Late Night Alternative. During his tenure with the station he has won two national ARIA awards, most recently this year after he and his team worked to get emergency services to a caller who had overdosed. Iain’s time on talkRADIO has been an incredibly important chapter in the station’s history.

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