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Tom Morton stepping down from BBC Radio Scotland show

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Broadcaster Tom Morton is stepping down from his late-night BBC Radio Scotland show due to a heart problem.

The presenter, who regularly broadcasts from his Shetland home, currently hosts the Morton Through Midnight programme.

His final show will be on Sunday 31 May.

He said: "I've been humbled and moved by the outpouring of support, and the many people expressing the hope that I'll be back on air soon. Alas, that's not going to happen."

'Heartfelt thank you'

Mr Morton said: "After more than 20 years of regular live broadcasting on BBC Radio Scotland, and having talked things over with my family, I've decided it's time to move on.

"There may be other on-air projects, but, having taken stock, and with grateful thanks to the Morton Through Midnight listeners, who have been so committed and who in so many cases have become friends, to Demus Productions and everyone at BBC Radio Scotland, it's a really heartfelt thank you. And goodnight,."

Jeff Zycinski, head of Radio for BBC Scotland, said: "I count myself among Tom's many fans and I'm sorry he's taking a step back - hopefully temporarily- from radio.

"His passion for music and story-telling is what makes him such a fine and authentic broadcaster."

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