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Bob Harris announces break from Radio 2 due to illness

By | Published on Thursday 13 June 2019

Bob Harris

Bob Harris has announced that he is taking a break from his country music show on BBC Radio 2 due to illness.

“I am sorry to say that I will be unable to broadcast on the ‘Radio 2 Country Show’ for the next few weeks”, he says in a statement. “Ten days ago, while out walking, I suffered a tear to my aorta known as an aortic dissection. The aorta is basically the M1 of the body and any damage is regarded as extremely serious”.

“For the past few years I have been walking an average of five miles a day and I am convinced that the level of fitness I have achieved during that time helped save my life”, he continues. “I am not exactly sure when I will be on air again but I am on the road to recovery now and will be back playing music for you on Radio 2 as soon as possible”.

Head Of Radio 2 Lewis Carnie adds: “On behalf of everyone at Radio 2 and our millions of listeners, we wish Bob a very speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming him back to Wogan House when he’s ready”.

For the next two editions of ‘The Country Show’ – this evening and next Thursday – Paul Sexton will sit in, after which other guest presenters will be picked to fill in until Harris’s return.