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Sara Cox presents final BBC Radio 1 show as Chris Moyles pays tribute

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Sara Cox hosted her final ever BBC Radio 1 show this morning (February 17).

The broadcaster filled in for Fearne Cotton in what was her final programme on the station, after originally joining back in 1999.

Sara Cox on her last day at Radio 1

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Sara Cox


During her final show, Cox said that "this station has been so special to me," adding: "It's just been amazing to be at Radio 1. We've had so many messages. It means so much."

The 39-year-old previously hosted the coveted Breakfast Show from 2000 to 2003.

She said: "I feel like a different person to the girl who started here."

Chris Moyles was among the past and present DJs to praise Cox during her show, saying: "You've joined the ex's club now, then?"

Moyles also joked that she is now invited to a monthly meeting with former presenters Tony Blackburn and Vernon Kay.

Scott Mills said: "This is the end of an era for Radio 1. No-one in broadcasting can tell a story like Sara Cox."

Nick Grimshaw, Annie Mac, Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Huw Stephens, Trevor Nelson, Dev and Charlie Sloth also paid tributes to Cox between 10am and 1pm.

Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox

© BBC / Damien Fry


The presenter concluded her final show by saying: "To all of the listeners, thanks for putting up with me and for letting me talk to you in your kitchens and your cars, and in your form rooms and in your beds - because I can't really do anything else. So thank you for letting me for doing this."

Cox's final track on the station was Rudimental and John Newman's 2012 number one single 'Feel the Love'.

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said in a statement: "Sara is a fantastic presenter and we will all miss her greatly. She has grown over her 15 years at Radio 1 to become one of the country's top broadcasters, and we're delighted that she remains in the BBC family."

Cox's first show on BBC Radio 1 was a joint lunchtime programme with Emma B. She later hosted the Sunday Surgery, winning a Sony Gold award.

After her Breakfast Show reign, she presented an afternoon slot, before filling in for Cotton during her maternity leave.

She currently presents Sounds of the 80s on Saturday nights on BBC Radio 2.

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