Late-night radio presenter Nick Risby has said farewell to his listeners after hosting his last show for the BBC.

Mr Risby has hosted the 10pm to 1am show across the whole of East Anglia for 18 years, building up a loyal audience from Lowestoft to Luton and Clacton to Corby.

Thanking his listeners for their loyalty and support in his final show on Friday May 12, Mr Risby said they had built a particularly strong bond during the pandemic.

However, he added: "Sadly something has come along with a great big pin and decided to burst it."

Mr Risby was referring to a shake-up in BBC local broadcasting of which he has become the latest casualty.

Former BBC Radio Suffolk breakfast show presenter Mark Murphy, who is also an EADT columnist, has already left as a result of the reorganisation after 33 years with the station.

The BBC is currently going through a process of making plans for who will host the various local, and regional programmes that will replace traditional county radio stations.

It is not yet decided who will present which local programmes - and which radio studios they will be broadcast from.

Once that is decided, the final shape of broadcasting for the East of England, Northamptonshire and the upper Thames Valley area will be settled.

The new BBC radio structure is expected to come into force in June at the earliest.

Before then more well-known radio voices are expected to sign off for the last time over the next few weeks.

Their roles are expected to be filled by freelance broadcasters and other staff until the full line-ups are confirmed.