Only 18 months off his 70th birthday, Allen has shown a huge reluctance to give up the buzz that comes with fronting a three-hour daily news show. A fixture on 5 live since its launch in 1994, the Essex-born broadcaster is one of the most experienced journalists the Beeb can offer, and post-Paxman one of the few that can be relied upon to go toe-to-toe with passing politicians.

One of the station’s presenters who did relocate when the station moved to MediaCityUK, his continuing value to the station was confirmed recently by Jonathan Wall’s shake-up: Allen now has sole presenting reins on new three-hour morning show 5 live Daily. The only concession to age seems to be that on Thursdays and Fridays he hands over to Adrian Chiles.