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Simon McCoy 2021 to leave BBC News after 17 years

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The TV news presenter, known for his funny asides, is to join Andrew Neil's new GB News operation

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Newsreader Simon McCoy has announced he is leaving the BBC after 17 years, to join the forthcoming GB News operation.

The journalist, whose funny asides in between stories have often gone viral, making him a household name, confirmed the news on Thursday.

Sam Taylor, head of live and breaking for BBC News, said McCoy was "sharp, funny and a great colleague".

GB News described the incoming anchor "one of Britain's best-loved and most charismatic journalists".

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"It has been a delight to have Simon at the helm of the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One," Taylor continued.

"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."

One of McCoy's new GB news bosses, Andrew Neil, tweeted: "Welcome aboard Simon.

Great that you are joining."

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Presenter known for sardonic asides will host afternoon programme on new rightwing channel

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Presenter known for sardonic asides will host afternoon programme on new rightwing channel

Last modified on Thu 25 Mar 2021 15.49 EDT

The BBC newsreader Simon McCoy is leaving the corporation to join GB News, as the forthcoming rightwing news channel continues a hiring spree ahead of its launch this summer.

The presenter, best known to BBC viewers through viral clips of him offering sardonic asides on the day’s news, will host an afternoon programme on the new channel.

Although he has decades of broadcast news experience, McCoy first achieved infamy after presenting a segment while holding a packet of printer paper after forgetting to take an iPad on set.

GB News is pushing ahead with the hiring of more than 100 staff across the UK ahead of its launch.

Rather than stick to the traditional neutrality of British television news it will have an openly rightwing tone and has hired accordingly.

Andrew Neil will host a nightly show featuring a segment called Wokewatch, while other hires include Nigel Farage’s former LBC producer Christian Mitchell and the former Sun associate editor Dan Wootton.

Although the station has only announced about a dozen on-air staff, three of them are former Brexit party candidates.

The channel claims to have raised £60m of funding, with backers including Paul Marshall, the Brexit-supporting hedge fund boss.

It has spent heavily on hiring staff in addition to securing a rare slot on Freeview to ensure it is available in the maximum number of British homes.

Rehearsals are also due to start on News UK TV, a rival opinionated news channel being developed by Rupert Murdoch.

However, that has focused on a much more modest plan to broadcast during evening peak hours only, with more of a focus on streaming.

Its only formally announced programme is an evening panel show hosted by the former Scottish Sun editor Gordon Smart.

Within the television news industry the focus is on where Piers Morgan will end up, with the former Good Morning Britain host available for hire after quitting ITV’s breakfast show following his comments about Meghan Markle.

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