Jo Whiley reveals how ‘relentless’ abuse from Radio 2 listeners affected her

Jo Whiley has spoken out in regards to the “relentless” abuse she acquired throughout her time as BBC Radio 2’s drivetime host, admitting it left her tearful and struggling to go away her dwelling.

The 53-year-old joined Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 present in 2018, marking the primary time a girl had offered within the timeslot for greater than 20 years.

Nonetheless, her stint on the present ignited a wave of abuse from individuals who recommended she solely landed the place to extend the feminine presence on the station. 


“I’ve solely ever wished to be judged for my work, not my intercourse,” she instructed the Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine

“Other than household dramas, that is the hardest factor I’ve needed to endure.”

Whiley revealed that she was met with a “wall of resistance” from a vocal group of listeners, including that the relentless criticism had “chipped away” at her.

“I used to be tearful various the time,” she defined.

“Some days it was onerous to stroll out of my entrance door, not to mention current a radio present.

“I’d go on Twitter to inform listeners about an incredible interview developing and be bombarded with individuals being vicious.” 

The broadcaster added that making it by way of the troublesome interval made her reassess her identification.


“It made me take a look at who I’m not simply as a broadcaster however as an individual,” she defined.

“It’s too simple to hate nowadays, to neglect there’s somebody simply doing their factor, on the receiving finish of such hostility.”

Whiley’s co-host Mayo beforehand known as out the abuse she acquired in quite a lot of tweets posted final October, writing: “I’ve liked working with the distinctive Jo Whiley and when the present was ‘reconfigured’ she was my first and solely alternative.


“A number of the abuse she has had right here has been appalling. Help for a present is one factor, assaulting the dignity of a warm-hearted and constant pal is one other.”

The duo’s stint on the present got here to an finish in December 2018, when Sara Cox took over the drivetime slot.

Whiley will now host her personal Radio 2 present, starting at 7pm, whereas Mayo has left the station after 17 years.


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