Veteran broadcaster Lloyd Scott has announced that he is leaving Radio New Zealand in August after a career spanning more than 53 years.

Scott's roles have included DJ, radio drama actor and newsreader, with the last 13 years spent as one of RNZ National's regular overnight hosts.

Scott said he had "loved every minute of it" but was comfortable with his decision to leave.

"I've been in broadcasting for more than 53 years after joining the old NZBC back in 1963 as a technician. Sometimes I'm excited about the freedom I'll have, but it's tinged with feelings of loss as well."

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National programme manager David Allan said Scott had a "natural engaging style" that appealed to a full range of audiences.

"No tricks - no gimmicks - he was just himself on air and he was very good at it."