O'Reilly to end syndicated radio show

December 5, 2008 12:38:10 PM PST
Fox News Channel said late Thursday that popular cable TV host Bill O'Reilly will step down as the host of his syndicated talk radio show early next year.

The "The Radio Factor" - which began in 2002 and runs on more than 400 radio stations, as well as satellite operator Sirius XM Radio Inc. - will end in the first quarter of 2009, Fox said.

In a statement, O'Reilly said the workload has become too much, adding, "I can no longer give both TV and radio the time they deserve."

O'Reilly will continue hosting "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel and writing his weekly newspaper column.

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