Tarrant signs new deal

Star DJ Chris Tarrant has signed a new deal with Capital Radio to continue presenting its breakfast show, it was announced today.

Star DJ Chris Tarrant has signed a new deal with Capital Radio to continue presenting its breakfast show, it was announced today.

He had been widely expected to quit the show at the end of the year to spend more time with his family.

But today the London station announced he would stay in his £1mi-a-year (€1.6m) job after agreeing a deal.

Tarrant, 55, has presented the breakfast show on Capital for 15 years and said earlier this month that he intended to leave when his contract was up in November.

But in a statement today he said: “I just can’t help it, radio is in my blood and so is Capital.

“I’m sorry to disappoint the competition, but I am not ready to hang up the Capital headphones yet.”

Capital said it was “delighted” that Tarrant, who also presents Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? on ITV1, had decided to stay with the station.

From January next year he will present a revamped version of his show to be called the New Breakfast Show.

Details are being kept under wraps but a Capital spokeswoman said it would have “a new format and new concept”.

Shares in Capital rose by 7% after news of Tarrant’s deal was announced.

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