The move comes after a 14-year stint on the show for Keith, who is one of angling’s most recognisable faces. His role as host on Sky Sport’s Tight Lines programme is unaffected.
Keith explained: “The schedule changed and talkSPORT wanted me to start at 5am and I considered that a step too far. They offered me the chance to continue with a one-hour programme but with ads, trails, news and traffic reports making that nearer 35 minutes than a proper hour, I decided to call it a day.
“It’s a real shame as I built up a terrific rapport with listeners, many of them non-anglers, some who have returned to angling or even started fishing through listening to me waffle on. I know many carpers had it on non-stop and loads of match anglers would remind me every time (often!) that I said something either controversial or daft.
“After more than 14 years of a 4.36am alarm call (yes, 4.36am, it just worked perfectly), writing rhymes to start the show on many occasions and just blabbing about fishing, I will miss it BUT I might get a bit more fishing done. I’ll miss arguing Liverpool/Arsenal with Micky Quinn, talking cricket with the great Jack Bannister and all the other bits that went with it. I must say that it was entirely my decision; no-one at the station wanted me to leave and indeed tried very hard to persuade me to stay, but 3.36am would just have been a step too far for an old boy like me.
“Nigel Botherway is taking over for September while talkSPORT decides what will happen next.”