Iconic cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew leaving BBC function after 33 years in job

The BBC’s ‘voice of summer’, Jonathan Agnew, is stepping down because the company’s cricket correspondent.

The veteran broadcaster, 63, in a nod to his former life as a quick bowler, has declared it’s “time for fresh legs” after 33 years within the function, which he’ll vacate on the finish of the English summer time. Agnew joined the BBC in 1991 and shortly succeeded Christopher Martin-Jenkins within the correspondent’s chair.

He went on to type common on-air partnerships with the likes of Brian Johnson, Henry Blofeld, Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan. However, followers of the BBC’s Test Match Special (TMS) needn’t fear as ‘Aggers’ – as he’s affectionately recognized – will proceed as a lead commentator for at the least one other 4 years after signing a brand new contract.

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“I am really delighted that I shall continue to present Test Match Special for the next four years,” mentioned Agnew, who will quit his different broadcast commitments and columnist duties.

“It is a novel programme of which I’m immensely proud, and means a lot to so many individuals. However, this does appear the suitable time for me to step again from my function as BBC cricket correspondent.

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Jonathan Agnew interviews Ben Stokes after his match-winning Ashes century at Headingley in 2019
Jonathan Agnew interviews Ben Stokes after his match-winning Ashes century at Headingley in 2019

“This summer, my 34th in the post, will be my last. In a quickly changing cricket landscape it is time for fresh legs to cover the daily duties, leaving me to focus entirely on TMS.”

Philip Bernie, interim director of BBC Sport, mentioned: “We are so very pleased that Jonathan Agnew will continue to lead our outstanding TMS team.

“His brilliant commentary and presentation of this iconic programme are so central to its enduring success, and we look forward to Aggers continuing to make our cricket coverage special in the coming years.”

Jonathan Agnew will continue to commentate on TMS for at least another four years
Jonathan Agnew will proceed to commentate on TMS for at the least one other 4 years

Meanwhile, followers have been delighted to listen to Agnew can be staying on with TMS. One mentioned: “Tremendous. I can’t imagine it without him.”

A second added: “Without Aggers it just wouldn’t be the same. Great news.” Another declared: “Brilliant. Some good news for a change.. #fourmoreyears.”