Bound for Down Under? Christian O’Connell departs Absolute Radio for a ‘new adventure’
Christian O’Connell has confirmed he is departing UK radio, with the announcement coming overnight that he is leaving Absolute Radio for a ‘new adventure.’
As Radio Today UK reports, the 44-year-old (pictured with Absolute Radio co-host, Richie Firth), is parting ways with the network after 12 years.
On the move, he told Radio Today UK: “I love working here and my decision to leave has been the hardest of my radio career. Absolute Radio has given me the freedom to carve out my little place in the morning. To say goodbye to Richie and our amazing listeners is really so hard and very emotional for me. It’s never been just a radio show to me. I only wanted to leave for something amazing and that’s what I’m doing.”
“Heading off somewhere new for a big new adventure for me and my family. Soon I’ll be able to say more about where I’m leaving the UK for and I know Absolute Radio will have something great lined up to replace my show. I hope they love it as much as I have the last twelve years of my life.”
His co-host Richie Firth will remain part of the Absolute Radio family, the station says.
“Christian is one of the most successful broadcasters of his generation with countless award wins and a record-breaking audience,” Absolute Radio Content Director Paul Sylvester added.
“His contribution to Absolute Radio is unquestionable and the relationship he’s forged with his listeners is unparalleled. While we are naturally sad to see him go, we understand the time is right for him to start a life-changing adventure with his family. He leaves with our very best wishes.”
It’s not yet confirmed whether the Breakfast presenter is Australia-bound, however it looks possible, given multiple sources told Radio Today earlier this month that he’d been “exploring opportunities” for a primetime shift on Australian metro radio for some time.
While we wait for news of where he may be headed, check out this introductory piece breaking down the man himself, who he is and why you need to know.