BBC Radio 1 has announced Burnley's Jordan North is leaving his afternoon show.

A statement released on Friday morning said: "Radio 1 will be saying goodbye to Jordan North.

"Jordan has been behind some of the most hilarious and entertaining moments on air over the years, and has been a constant source of inspiration for younger presenters.

"Thank you for everything."

Jamie Laing will join Vick Hope to co-host Going Home on Radio 1, from Monday 4 March. The show is broadcast from 3.30pm until 6pm, Monday to Thursday. 

Jordan, who went to St James' Lanehead Primary School in Burnley, carved out a successful presenting career having appeared on Preston's Rock FM before landing a Radio 1 contract. 

The 34-year-old has been heard on Radio 1 for the past 10 years with his first major show being Radio 1’s Greatest Hits on Sundays.

The diehard Burnley FC fan was announced as a co-host on the BBC Radio 1 daily drivetime show in 2021, alongside Vick. 

In 2020, the popular presenter finished second in the 20th series of ITV's I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

And in March 2022, he completed an epic 100-mile rowing challenge from London to Burnley for Comic Relief. 

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1, said: “Jordan has been an amazing presenter and a valued colleague at Radio 1, and I’m so proud of his journey with us.

"He has always connected with the Radio 1 audience through his shows and projects, as witnessed by the huge amount of money raised for Comic Relief during his rowing trip from London to Burnley.”

Jamie, 35, currently co-hosts Radio 1 podcast 6 Degrees from Jamie and Spencer for BBC Sounds, and can also be heard on podcast NewlyWeds which he presents alongside his wife Sophie Habboo.

The former Made in Chelsea star has previously presented on Radio 1, covering for Mollie King whilst she was on maternity leave.

He said: “I’ve loved every minute that I’ve been on air with Radio 1 in recent years, so to be joining Vick on Drivetime is just incredible. To be working with Vick is an absolute dream so I’m beyond excited to get started and keep listeners company on their journeys home.”

At the time of writing, Jordan had yet to comment on his departure.

Fans were quick to share the surprise and upset at the news.

Writing on X, one said: "Sorry my jaw dropped and bounced off my desk when I heard that news. He had years and years left on Radio 1. He’s basically still new."

Another wrote: "Jordan North leaving R1 is wild and feels like it’s come from absolutely nowhere." 

And one said: "Actually gutted Jordan North is leaving Radio 1."