BBC’s Ken Bruce’s given hamper and flowers after 46 year stint on air


Ken Bruce left the BBC earlier this month after almost 50 years working on the broadcaster (Image: PA)

Ken Bruce has shared that after almost half a century working at BBC, all he bought as a parting reward was a ‘hamper and a bottle of wine’.

The 72-year-old Scottish presenter had helmed BBC Radio 2’s mid-morning slot for greater than 30 years however ended his present earlier this month.

Whereas his contract had been resulting from end up a number of weeks later, the broadcaster introduced ahead his last date on air, which he beforehand mentioned left him ‘somewhat stunned and disenchanted’.

Now he’s revealed what his last farewell entailed, and it was significantly low-key after many years of service to the corporate.

When requested about being thrown a send-off dinner forward of his departure, he revealed his goodbye as a substitute concerned some items and messages.

‘Hole giggle,’ he mentioned when requested if a giant occasion was thrown.

‘However they very kindly despatched me a hamper from a well known London retailer [Fortnum and Mason].’

He’s now spoken extra about his departure (Image: BBC / James Watkins)

Though he mentioned it wasn’t a giant one, he additionally bought ‘a bottle of wine and a bunch of flowers’.

One in every of his bosses got here all the way down to the studio on his last day, however the others had been away and despatched textual content messages.

‘Each had been apparently out of city on the time. I wasn’t in search of a giant fuss,’ he added when chatting with the Day by day Mail.

Attracting eight million listeners to the BBC, Ken mentioned engaged on occasions just like the funerals of each Prince Philip and the Queen had been a ‘nice honour’, however on the finish of final 12 months he felt prefer it was time to maneuver on.

‘I needed it to be my resolution. There was no stress and I’ve been extra appreciated within the final ten years on the BBC than I used to be within the first 25. However I made a decision to go,’ he mentioned.

Ken within the BBC studio in 1984 (Image: Tom Kidd/Radio Instances/Getty Photographs)

When he resigned he was instructed BBC had been planning on providing him one other three-year contract, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to sway him to remain.

Not wanting to have interaction in a bidding battle, he additionally didn’t really feel snug taking more cash when ‘lots of people are shedding their jobs.’

He added: ‘That’s not why I left anyway. I don’t do issues only for cash’.

Nonetheless, Ken did say being pushed off air early was ‘disappointing’ and referred to as it ‘pointless’.

However followers of the presenter will be capable to hear him again on the airwaves quickly when he begins at Best Hits Radio, along with his first present lined up for April 3. has contacted BBC for remark.

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