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Tony Blackburn thanks fans for support

Tony Blackburn was presenting Retro Countdown in the wake of his sacking by the BBC Credit: PA

DJ Tony Blackburn has thanked fans for their support after he was sacked from the BBC earlier this week.

Introducing his Retro Countdown show on Kent-based KMFM on Sunday afternoon, the 73-year-old said: "Thank-you very much for all your support this week."

The veteran DJ left the BBC shortly before the publication of the Dame Janet Smith inquiry into sexual abuse at the corporation on Thursday.

On today's show, Mr Blackburn added: "Thank you as well to KMFM. I hope you enjoy the show."

His brief message came as he claimed he was given the opportunity to resign from the BBC and engineer a return in a "few months".

He says his evidence to the inquiry was criticised by BBC director-general Tony Hall and claims he has been made a scapegoat by the corporation.

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