As It Happens' Barbara Budd to leave CBC

Barbara Budd, co-host of CBC Radio One's As It Happens, has announced that she will leave the CBC next month after more than 26 years with the public broadcaster.

Barbara Budd, co-host of CBC Radio One's As It Happens, has announced that she will leave the CBC next month after more than 26 years with the public broadcaster.

Budd, who has been co-host of the current affairs radio program for 17 years, will hang up her headphones on April 30, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said in a news release.

"You may not necessarily be able to own the podium, but I gotta tell you, from the bottom of my heart, it sure is thrilling to be given the use of one for 17 years," Budd told her listeners on the show.

Over the years, complete strangers have stopped her wherever she was because they recognized her voice and say, "'Well I'm so glad to finally put a face to the voice.'"

And Budd always replied, "Well I'm so glad to put a face to the ears."

After she made her announcement on the show, she asked her listeners to send her pictures of themselves so that she can continue to put a face to their ears.

Listeners can send pictures of themselves to AIH@cbc.ca or Post Office Box 500, Station A, Toronto, Ont., M5W 1E6.

CBC Radio's general manager Denise Donlon said, "Barbara has made a significant contribution to a legendary CBC program and along with thanks, we offer her our very best wishes as she embarks on her next great adventures," Donlon said.

A formal search for a replacement is to begin shortly.