Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac has announced she is leaving the station after 17 years.
In a touching statement, the 42-year-old explained that it's 'hard to articulate what this job has meant to me'.
It's time to tell you, my listeners, that after 17 years, my last show on @BBCR1 will take place on 30 July 2021. pic.twitter.com/Uy5KU6nHSF
- Annie Mac (@anniemacmanus) April 20, 2021
She went on to write: "I'm still in awe of the magic of music radio. Of the responsibility of handling these songs that are so powerful they can stop you in your tracks and make your emotions soar.
"I have never not walked out of the studio feeling lighter and happier than when I walked in."
With this inevitably leading people to wonder why she might want to leave, Annie pointed out: "It's all about time really.
"I need more time to see my kids in the evenings now they are both in school. I would like more time to write fiction and to create podcasts.
"I also love the idea of leaving the party (and I make no mistake working at Radio 1 does feel like a party) with a huge smile on my face, when I'm still having the most fun I can have."
Promising to come back to radio broadcasting when the time is right, she went on to thank fans and contributors.
She wrote: "To the artists who have come on my shows. It is the most inspiring thing to have watched you grow into your art, harness your talent and take control of your careers. Thank you for sharing your stories with me.
"To the management at BBC Radio 1 for taking me on as a broadcast assistant back in 2002 and then giving a complete unknown her own show.
"To my Radio 1 show teams who have worked so hard and cared so much. To the brilliant motley crew of Radio 1 DJs from the past and present, thank you for inspiring me.
"An most importantly to each and every one of you who tuned in to my shows.
"In my time on Radio 1, I have fallen in and out of love, moved homes, climbed up the career ladder, got married and become a mother twice over, alongside you doing your versions of the same.
"Thank you for allowing me into your lives. Thank you for brightening my days. Thank you thank you thank you for listening."
The Radio 1 schedule is changing later this year.@ClaraAmfo is the new host of Radio 1's Future Sounds!
She'll take over the show in September 2021, presenting Radio 1's flagship new music show Monday - Thursday, 6 - 8pm.
Huge congratulations Clara! :crown: pic.twitter.com/jTn2e3GICs
- BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) April 20, 2021
Announcing her departure as part of a line-up change for the station, the BBC said: "After 17 amazing years at the station, @AnnieMac will be leaving Radio 1.
"Annie has fronted some incredible moments on BBC Radio 1 from live sessions to landmark interviews with the world's biggest artists. Sending all of our love, appreciation and luck for the future to Annie."
Clara Amfo will take over as the host of BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds in September.