'This is a massive decision': Kara Rickard leaving George FM after 10 years

George FM radio host Kara Rickard has announced she will be leaving her role on the dance music station after a decade on air. 

Rickard, who began as a newsreader on George FM, is currently one third of the breakfast show, alongside co-hosts Tammy Davis and General Lee. 

"It's been the best 10 years, I've had some amazing times here and some not so great ones too," Rickard began her announcement on Thursday morning's show. 

"I've kind of grown up here, I had my three kids, I got through cancer with all you guys on board.

"It's the best station, with the best listeners and the best team, but I've decided that for me, it's time for a change, and I'm not going to come back next year." 

Rickard said that she was "really excited" about some television and broadcasting opportunities that she had lined up for 2021, adding that she would share the details of her new venture as soon as she could. 

The mum-of-three insisted she won't be disappearing from the dance music scene, declaring: "I'll still be front left at Sub Focus, Dimension and Friction", with reference to a gig taking place early next year. 

"This is a massive decision for me, leaving a place that's been such a part of my life, and a place that I love," Rickard said. 

"[But] I'm definitely not going to miss waking up at 4.30am to hang out with you two punishers," she added, addressing her co-hosts. 

Rickard also thanked the station's listeners for tuning in and sharing their stories with her over the years. 

"I love and appreciate you more than you know. I feel emotional, but next year is going to be awesome," she said. 

George FM's Content Director Dean Campbell dubbed Rickard "a George legend who will be missed". 

"It's exciting to see what's next for her," he said in a statement.