On Wednesday, May 8th, it was confirmed that Phil Williams was leaving his post with the BBC.
The presenter had been with the broadcaster for almost 20 years, moving into a presenting role on the Radio 5 Live evening show in 2013.
So what’re the next steps for Phil? And who replaced him?
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They say all good things must come to an end and after 18 years with BBC Radio 5 Live – I will be leaving on May 8th. It’s been quite an adventure. (1/5)
— Phil Williams (@PhilWilliams) March 8, 2019
What happened to Phil Willams?
Phil left his role on BBC Radio 5 Live following 18 years of service.
Previously, the 44-year-old worked with BC Radio 1, GMR in Manchester and XFM London.
5 Live Controller Jonathan Wall told RadioToday:
I’d like to thank Phil for everything he has done for the station. He started out as our entertainment correspondent, making a big impact with a range of exclusive stories. He’s presented across the schedule, most recently on the late programme, where he’s delivered brilliant interviews and big breaking news stories.
Voices of praise and support have since poured out on Twitter, led by fellow radio presenters, journalists and celebs.
— Nick Powell (@NICKSKY) May 8, 2019
Fare thee well to @PhilWilliams on his last show. I'll miss his way of making the complicated not just understandable but also entertaining, riffing on anything & as an added bonus, having the physical stature of a Bond henchman. pic.twitter.com/NEnor797dm
— OJ Borg (@OJBorg) May 8, 2019
— Jojo Moyes (@jojomoyes) May 8, 2019
Where is Phil Williams going?
Phil never let slip on what his next career move may be having wrapped up his last Five Live show on Wednesday, May 8th.
He has simply pinned one Tweet to the top on his Twitter page, which hints that he is going to enjoy a much-deserved break from media work.
Gone Fishing pic.twitter.com/PnafiCBgwf
— Phil Williams (@PhilWilliams) May 9, 2019
Although, fellow presenters have chipped in hinting that Phil could be back in bigger and better ways.
Keep your eyes peeled for Phil… on a TV or radio station near you!
Bigger fish to fry! Godspeed!
— Chris Mitchell (@chrismbbcsport) May 9, 2019
Who is replacing Phil Williams?
The BBC confirmed that Sarah Brett will take over from Phil, with the show continuing to air Mondays to Wednesdays. Sarah will start her new role on Monday, May 13th.
The 45-year-old worked with the Belfast Telegraph for eight years before moving across to radio with BBC Radio Foyle in 2004.
She then moved into roles on Good Morning Ulster, Talk Back, BBC Radio Ulster and worked alongside Enda McClafferty on the Breakfast show from 2010.