Helen Skelton Leaves BBC Radio 5 Live Show to Spend More Time with Family


Helen Skelton has announced that she is leaving her BBC Radio 5 Live show, saying that she wants to spend more time with her children.

Skelton, 40, has hosted the Sunday morning show for the past year. She took over the slot from Laura Whitmore in 2022.


In a statement on Twitter, Skelton said: “I’ve had an amazing time at Radio 5 Live, but the juggle is real and I need to put my family first. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and for all the support I’ve received.”

Skelton is a mother of three children, aged eight, six and one. She is also a former Blue Peter presenter and has appeared in a number of other TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing.

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In her final show on Sunday, Skelton said that she was “not all right about it” leaving Radio 5 Live, but that she knew it was the right decision.

She said: “I love this show, I love the team, I love the listeners, but I need to put my family first. The juggle is real and an eight-year-old with a sideline needs me.”

Skelton’s departure from Radio 5 Live is a blow to the station. She was a popular presenter and her show was one of the most listened-to on Sunday mornings.

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