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Simon McCoy 2021 Presenter quits BBC to join Andrew Neil39;s GB News

Simon McCoy 2021 Presenter  quits BBC to join Andrew Neil39;s GB News

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Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

McCoy has become renowned for his dry commentary and humour when reading the news, the best of which you can watch in this article

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McCoy has become renowned for his dry commentary and humour when reading the news, the best of which you can watch in this article

Simon McCoy has announced he is leaving his anchor role on BBC News after almost 18 years.

The presenter’s departure was confirmed on Thursday morning, after colleagues wished him well on social media.

Andrew Neil, chairman of GB News, announced on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that Mr McCoy will be joining the television news channel due to launch this year.

GB News is set to be the biggest news TV channel to start in the UK since Sky News, which launched 30 years ago.

In a press release posted on Twitter, GB News said: "One of Britain’s best-loved and most charismatic journalists, Simon McCoy, is joining GB News with an afternoon programme."

"He is widely known for his dry wit and comic banter with colleagues on air, moments which invariably go viral on social media," the statement adds.

The press release concluded with remarks about the new hire from John McAndrew, Director of News and Programmes for GB News, in which he said: "Simon’s journalistic integrity, warmth and personality is a perfect fit for what we’re doing at GB News.

"He’s a brilliant journalist with an exceptional ability to relate to people in an upbeat way, so we’re keen to get him out from behind a desk and talking to people from all parts of the United Kingdom."

The 59-year-old, who joined the BBC from Sky in 2004, presented the News at One for the last time on Thursday. 

The veteran journalist became renowned in recent years for his occasional dry commentary and humour when reading the news, particularly reporting on Royal headlines. 

Sam Taylor, head of live and breaking for BBC News, said: "Sharp, funny and a great colleague – it has been a delight to have Simon at the helm of the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One.

"We’ll miss his one-liners, pregnant pauses and commitment to breaking news in every form, and wish him the very best for the future."

His iconic Royal baby announcement, complete with his well-known lack of enthusiasm for reporting minor Royals stories.

As @BBCSimonMcCoy has said he is leaving BBC News, here is a thread of his best bits.

Starting with this iconic Royal Baby announcement: pic.twitter.com/GKb4nQOp7J

Another legendary Royal baby segment from outside St Mary’s Hospital London when the Duchess of Cambridge was giving birth: "The news is, there’s no news."

The infamous viral moment in 2013, when he began presenting a live broadcast while brandishing a ream of paper, rather than his iPad.

And… the *iconic* time he started a news report by holding a packet of photocopier paper.

pic.twitter.com/75iJzicuSa

The moment when he wrapped up 2020 with a ‘special programme’ showing the best moments of the year to his viewers, only for nothing to appear on the screen behind him.

"Exactly," he said, "it’s farewell to 2020".

When he said this on the BBC News Channel in the closing moments of 2020 pic.twitter.com/XLTgmTX9Vc

 Here is the segment where he can’t stop laughing while reporting on a man who plays the piano to monkeys.

When he absolutely lost it whilst reporting on this man who plays the piano to monkeys pic.twitter.com/U91pSMgaSX

The moment where too many dog puns appeared in his autocue for him to bear, so he turned it around so that the viewer could "see what I have to deal with".

When someone kept putting dog puns in the autocue so he turned the cameras round and showed us what was on them pic.twitter.com/Gw1y7PuNBH

The segment where Boris Johnson said he paints cardboard buses "to relax" and Simon McCoy responded with the witty one-liner: "I wonder what he writes on the side of it".

When Boris Johnson said that he paints cardboard buses in his spare time and he followed it up with “I wonder what he writes on the side of it” pic.twitter.com/ouDs0wrtY3

Another dry take on Royal news when he opened a report on the Queen’s garden parties being cancelled with: "Breaking news that may affect you, but it doesn’t affect me."

When he reported that The Queen’s garden parties had been cancelled, opening the report with “it may affect you, but it doesn’t affect me.” pic.twitter.com/be8FtDPUaY

Here is a moment of him cracking up on-air when a colleague put words in his autocue that he couldn’t say.

When someone on his team put words in the autocue just to troll him pic.twitter.com/ces1tx0LCe

The time when he had to report that Pippa Middleton had given birth "to a baby".

When he reported that Pippa Middleton had given birth … “to a baby” pic.twitter.com/1LSotCJpQV

When he wasn’t too pleased to report on the second annual world dog surfing championships in California, opening the segment with: "Just bear in mind it is August".

When he despaired having to report on the world dog surfing championships pic.twitter.com/954zt0MmMu

Here is another witty one-liner when reporting on a homemade contactless ‘trick or treat’ system: "This is entirely contactless…as will be her social life."

When he came out with *brutally* sassy line whilst reporting a socially distant trick or treat concept pic.twitter.com/dEMZpLRYM7

The time when the BBC cameras went the wrong way and he made his viewers wait.

When the BBC News cameras went wrong and he made us all wait pic.twitter.com/kHIF3Hsm5E

When he reported on the Swiss Defence Ministry having to apologise after their air display team accidentally flew over some shocked yodellers. 

When he reported on an air display team that accidentally flew over some startled yodellers pic.twitter.com/mMyUskf9IK

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Simon McCoy Simon McCoy

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

His often wry takes on world events have been known to end up making the news themselves

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BBC News presenter Simon McCoy has announced that he’s leaving his anchor role after almost 18 years.

The news of his departure was confirmed on Twitter on Thursday morning.

Floor manager Niall Jackson wrote: “If you think he’s a handful on-screen, imagine what he’s like off it? Only got to floor manage 4 years of his 17+ at @BBCNews so was nice to do his final week.

[He] made the dreariest of heavy news days instantly more manageable.

“May the road rise up to meet you @BBCSimonMcCoy.”

Simon retweeted this message, adding: “Thank you Niall.

I shall miss you!”

He then clarified to one fan that Thursday would be his last day at BBC News.

After 18 years..

Last day today.

Thank you Niall.

I shall miss you! https://t.co/1wQhR3T7P7

The long-serving anchor then went on to share a number of messages of support from his colleagues and peers:

Thank you Alex! https://t.co/2FymKXNl6f

Thanks Chris https://t.co/PBTatj9Y34

I’m hearing Twitter rumours @BBCSimonMcCoy is leaving the BBC?!?!? What’s going on? Noooooooooooo.

Unless he’s landed some plush sat night game show in which case fair play.

What’s going on? pic.twitter.com/TcGcjCeXoj

Thank you! https://t.co/KtVw4kA8N0

Sam Taylor, the head of Live & Breaking at BBC News said in a statement: “Sharp, funny and a great colleague – it has been a delight to have Simon at the helm of the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One.

“We’ll miss his one-liners, pregnant pauses and commitment to breaking news in every form, and wish him the very best for the future.”

It’s since been announced that Simon will be taking on a new role at the forthcoming 24-hour news station GB News, which is chaired by his former BBC colleague Andrew Neil.

The 59-year-old joined the BBC after a number of years at Sky News in 2004, initially serving as a cover presenter on the broadcaster’s flagship breakfast show and 24-hour news channel.

In recent years, Simon has become renowned for his occasional dry commentary while presenting the news, notably expressing his lack of enthusiasm when covering minor royal stories.

Simon was also involved in an infamous viral moment in 2013, when he began presenting a live broadcast while brandishing a ream of paper, rather than his iPad.

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– March 25, 2021
Simon McCoy 2021 Presenter quits BBC to join Andrew Neil39;s GB News

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