Carol Vorderman is leaving BBC Wales Radio over new social media guidelines.

Carol Vorderman is leaving BBC Radio Wales amid new social media rules

Carol Vorderman is leaving BBC Radio Wales amid new social media rules

The ‘Countdown’ legend admitted she decided to say goodbye to her Saturday morning radio slot as she was “not prepared to lose” her ability to rail against the Conservative government as the BBC tried to make “non-negotiable changes” to her contract amid the Gary Lineker suspension scandal back in March when he called out Suella Braverman's comments about refugees, which saw 'Match of the Day' air without punditry with people walking out in solidarity.

The 62-year-old television personality wrote on X, the site formerly known as Twitter: "The BBC recently introduced new social media guidelines which I respect. However, despite my show being lighthearted with no political content, it was explained to me that as it is a weekly show in my name, the new guidelines would apply to all and any content that I post all year round.

"Since those non-negotiable changes to my radio contract were made, I've ultimately found that I'm not prepared to lose my voice on social media, change who I am, or lose the ability to express the strong beliefs I hold about the political turmoil this country finds itself in."

Carol - who has become more critical in the wake of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic - gushed how important she finds to “fight for” her beliefs.

She continued: "I was brought up to fight for what I believe in, and I will carry on. Consequently, I have now breached the new guidelines and BBC Wales management have decided I must leave. We each must make our decisions."

The ex ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’ star noted that she will be “sad” to depart the public broadcaster and leave all “the wonderful friends” she made there.

Carol added: "I wish them, and all of our listeners, all the love in the world. We laughed a lot, and we will miss each other dearly.

"But for now, another interesting chapter begins."

The BBC thanked “for her work and contribution” as Carol bid adieu to her weekend day job.

A representative said: "Carol has been a presenter on BBC Radio Wales since 2018.

"We'd like to thank her for her work and contribution to the station over the past five years."