Morton retires from the airwaves
He has been in broadcasting for more than 20 years, but radio presenter Tom Morton is giving up the airwaves following a health scare.
Mr Morton, from Hillswick, is well known on air for his Morton Through Midnight weekend shows on BBC Radio Scotland.
The former reporter and news editor for The Shetland Times received treatment at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary earlier this month, after suffering from heart difficulties.
But after being released from the hospital ward he was back again – this time at the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick – with another bout of chest pains.
The incidents have forced Mr Morton to re-evaluate his working life.
“To be honest, I’ve struggled with the late nights so obviously involved in broadcasting the three Morton Through Midnight shows every weekend, possibly because I was ill and didn’t realise,” he said.
“The enjoyment, indeed the privilege, of playing great music and hosting a community of great people across the world through the wireless has been immense. But it has been hard, very tiring and left me knackered during my off-air days. And doing my part some 500 miles away from my production team added to the strain.”
Mr Morton has been a prolific writer, author and broadcaster over the years. Recently he was appointed as Unst’s tourism development officer for six months. In March he was also made one of three new appointed trustees to Shetland Charitable Trust, along with former councillor Peter Malcolmson and GP Andrew Cooper.
He intends to maintain a presence on both bodies. He described broadcasting as a role that had been “by far the most debilitating”.
“So, after discussing things with my family, I’ve decided not to return to live late night broadcasting. There will be one final farewell show, pre-recorded later this week, and broadcast on Sunday 31st May, between 11pm and 1am.”
He said he had been “humbled and thrilled” by the “outpouring of support” since news of his illness broke, as well as the many people expressing hope he will be back, live, on air soon.
“Alas, that’s not going to happen. After more than 20 years of regular live broadcasting on BBC Radio Scotland, It’s time to move on.”