She has undoubtedly become one of the most successful Irish radio broadcasters ever, but Annie Mac is hanging up her headphones - at least temporarily - after 17 years.

The Dublin native's weeknight music show on BBC Radio 1 has proven incredibly influential since debuting in March 2015, but she has been involved in various shows on the station since 2004.

She released a statement on Twitter this morning that explained her reasoning, saying "It's about time really. I need more time to see my kids in the evenings now they are both in school. I would like more time to write fiction and to create podcasts. I also love the idea of leaving the party (and make no mistake working at Radio 1 does feel like a party) with a huge smile on my face, when I'm still having the most fun I can have."

She added: "I will be coming back to radio broadcasting when the time is right."

In recent times, she has launched a new podcast called 'Changes' and will publish her debut novel 'Mother Mother' in May. She has also hosted Other Voices for RTE.

Read the full statement below: