The Radio 2 Drivetime show with Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley is to end after simply a few months on air.
Mayo is leaving BBC Radio 2 wholly but will continue to present his 5 Live film show with Mark Kermode.
Whiley will remain on the station but move to the 7-9pm slot, which entails Drive will get a brand new presenter.
Mayo has fronted Drivetime for eight years, but the station added Whiley as a co-host in May – a move which led to a huge backlash from listeners.
BBC News understands Mayo will not be moving to a contender broadcaster, despite some media reports indicating he was leaving to host a breakfast prove on a commercial station.
Whiley’s addition to Drivetime came after Radio 2 was criticised for its lack of female presenters.
Mayo wrote on Twitter on Monday morning: “I’ll continue with the( flagship) movie display on 5 Live with Mark Kermode and, beyond that, other radio escapades beckon!
“But for now it’s merely the sadness of leaving. Radio 2 has been a wonderful place for me – my happiest radio I suppose. Our listeners are really quite extraordinary.”
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