Eddie Mair has presented his last radio show on the BBC, without mentioning it was his last show. He presented Radio 4's PM on Wednesday ending with Bring Me Sunshine sung by Willie Nelson, chosen by a listener.
He was due to present Thursday and Friday's shows but in an email to the show's team he said it was the "perfect" show to end on. "No fuss or faff, just as I wanted. Genuinely unplanned, and with its origins in a listener idea.
"Perfect. Or as close to perfect as we're likely to get." He started his email explaining why he wasn't in the office. "I'm sorry I'm not in the office today as planned. I seem to have picked up one of those 48 hour bugs. Atishoo."
He told the team working with them had been the "joy" of his professional life and that he was worried about managing without them. "One of the biggest struggles I had in deciding whether to leave is a truth we both understand. Yes I bring something to PM and I have talents and abilities that help the programme.
"But I also understand completely that the work of all the people on PM make me sound much much better than my own abilities can muster. This is just a truth. And what I wrestled with was, in essence, 'can I manage without them?'