BBC traffic reporter Michelle Dignan breaks down on air before exit ‘Really hard to leave’

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Michelle Dignan, choked back tears as she bid farewell to the programme she has worked on for the past 10 years. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live presenters Rachel Burden and Nicky Campbell, Michelle expressed her gratitude for the experience.

She said: “I feel like I just want to say thank you to everybody.

“I think that anyone knows that when you leave a job after a long time not only do you look back at what you’ve done in your work, but you look at your personal life too.

“I started as a young, free, and single twenty-odd-year-old and in these 10 years I’m now married with kids.”

Rachel added: “I remember the morning after the night we had out when we met [your husband].”

Michelle added: “My personal life has changed so much but 5 Live, you guys and the listeners have been the constant.

“And I think that’s what’s really nice about it, but also really hard to leave.”

Choking back tears, Michelle continued: “Rachel – I’ll start crying because you’ve been such a support to me off-air and on-air.

“I really, really appreciate that, so thank you.”

Michelle then turned to Nicky Campbell, saying: “I don’t think I could ask for a bigger cheerleader.”

She added: “And I thank you so much for that.

“Honestly, I really appreciate it. Nobody else on the planet calls me Mitchie, so I’m going to miss that as well.

“And the listeners, who have been so lovely, I’ve read every single message.

“You’ve made me cry and thank you, thank you.”

Michelle is now joining BBC Radio Manchester to present the breakfast show.

The radio veteran expressed her excitement over the move in an interview with RadioToday.

She said: “I’m unbelievably excited to be presenting BBC Radio Manchester’s breakfast show.

“To keep everyone company first thing in the morning is a privilege and I will do my best to make sure everyone hears all the news they need to know, and hopefully have a laugh along the way.

“And I can’t wait to be reunited with newsreader extraordinaire Paul ‘Locko’ Lockitt.

“I’m not quite the care-free 21-year-old girl about town I was when I last worked with him at Key 103 – I now come with a husband, 2 kids and a dog – but I’m sure we’ll still have fun!

“Anyone from Greater Manchester will tell you that it’s an amazing place, with amazing people, I’m going to celebrate that every morning. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

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