Xfm radio presenter and DJ Mary Anne Hobbs has revealed that she is leaving the station.
In a Facebook post yesterday (October 31) Hobbs wrote that she had resigned from the station and that November 1 would be her last day. An extract read:
“I’d like to say thank you with all my heart to everyone who has spent some time listening to the shows. Incidentally, we have just recorded our highest listening figures ever, which I’m thrilled about.
“We’ve had an incredible year.”
In a statement, Mike Walsh, deputy programme director / head of Music, Xfm said: “I'd like to personally thank Mary Anne for all her hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for exposing great new music on Xfm over the past 14 months.”
Xfm managing editor Chris Baughen said: “It's been an absolute pleasure to have the broadcasting legend that is Mary Anne Hobbs as part of the Xfm team. She has been passionate in her pursuit of new music and relentless in her drive to not only discover but nurture and help develop new talent.
“Her unwavering commitment and dedication to her craft has quite rightly led her to continued success as a broadcaster spanning several decades and we wish her all the best for the future."
A further quote from Hobbs said: “"I'm so proud of all we've achieved with Music: Response in 14 months at Xfm. The nominations for Best Specialist Show at the radio industry's most prestigious Awards, the Sony's and Arqivas, were mind-blowing. But the most exciting element for me, has been the opportunity to champion next generation artists as gifted as Jake Bugg, Lianne La Havas, Alabama Shakes and Ben Howard, who've had Top 10 success with their debut records and are truly changing people's lives.
“I'm planning to do some writing, and to head back out on the road to DJ live again, meanwhile, I wish Xfm every success as they move forward into their next chapter."
Hobbs’ last Music:Response show on the station will air this evening between 8pm-11pm and Dan O’Connell will be presenting an interim show from Monday.