One of the country’s most popular radio deejays, the gay-friendly Nicole Fox, has announced that she is leaving 5FM, the national youth radio station, after eight years.

Nicole will be presenting her last ever weekly night-time show for 5FM on 31 March 2008 from 7pm.

“I would like to expand my profile and also return to my TV roots”, said Fox. “It is very sad for me to leave 5FM, which has been my home for so many years, filled with numerous special memories and career achievements – but, life moves on and new opportunities are arising.”

Fox has been a staunch supporter of the gay and lesbian community through her on-air comments and shows dedicated to gay issues and events such as Joburg Pride. She has also appeared at and performed as a deejay at a number of gay parties.

“Apart from focusing on my TV career, I also wish to explore options behind the scenes and in the broader media industry – to build on the journalism honours and economics degrees I earned at Rhodes,” said Fox in a statement.

“Nicole advised us some time ago that she wanted to explore new career opportunities and whilst we’ll miss her exceptional talent, we also wish her the best for the new future she’s embarking on,” added Helen Graham, 5FM station manager.

Nicole’s replacement will be announced shortly by the station.

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