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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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'Sacked' Tony Blackburn 'hung out to dry' by BBC

DJ Tony Blackburn while working at BBC London. Credit: PA

Tony Blackburn said the BBC has "hung me out to dry" after he was "sacked" by the corporation over his evidence to a sex abuse review into Jimmy Savile.

He said: "My lawyers are now considering all statements made by the BBC about me today and we will be taking action."

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Thousands sign petition to get Tony Blackburn back on the radio

A petition to get Tony Blackburn back on the radio was signed by nearly 2,000 people hours after first appearing online.

The petition was set up shortly before the BBC Director General, Tony Hall, confirmed Blackburn had "parted company" with the corporation.

The campaign to reinstate Tony Blackburn said the BBC should be "ashamed at their treatment of a loyal employee".

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Lord Hall confirms DJ Blackburn 'parted company' with BBC

Tony Blackburn arrives at his home on Thursday. Credit: PA

BBC director general Lord Hall has confirmed that veteran DJ Tony Blackburn has "parted company" with the corporation.

Blackburn earlier said he had been sacked by the BBC over his evidence to the Jimmy Savile sex abuse review.

Lord Hall said: "My interpretation is that Tony Blackburn fell short of the standards of evidence that such an inquiry demanded."

Blackburn thanks fans for 'overwhelming support'

Tony Blackburn, who says he has been sacked by the BBC, has tweeted thanking his fans for their "overwhelming support".