Channel 4 News paid a heartwarming tribute to veteran newsreader Jon Snow in the credits as he signed off from his final programme.
The 74-year-old journalist stepped down from the position after an impressive 32 years at the helm on Thursday night, telling audiences that the job had been the ‘greatest privilege of my life’ in his emotional closing speech.
As the show came to an end, the credits rolled and listed Snow as a voice, mentor, leader, inspiration, driving force, moral compass, and friend.
‘We’re all so happy and proud to have worked with you Jon,’ a message then read. ‘We stand on your shoulders, thank you.’
Viewers who spotted the tribute were in bits at the touching message.
‘This was lovely,’ wrote one. ‘Had a little tear in my eye. The fact that he is held in such high esteem by his peers says a lot about him.’
‘What a superb and gorgeous tribute,’ another added.
Concluding his final programme, which aired at 7pm on Thursday night, Snow said: ‘Well, it’s been wonderful and so rewarding after so long at the coalface of news.
‘But in the end…I am nothing in this studio without the significant and skilled technical and journalistic teams that night after night, ensure that Channel 4 News comes.
‘The joy of working here is those teams and their skills, technicians and journalists and thanks to the farsighted governments, regulators that have given us our independent news in primetime.
‘Thank you to all the people who have trusted me with their stories all over the world in often appalling circumstances.
‘But most of all, I’m so grateful to you at home.’
He continued: ‘It’s not always an easy watch. It’s been the greatest privilege of my life to bring you the news. Thank you, stay safe. That’s Channel Four News. Good evening.’
During the programme montage of Snow’s memorable career moments were played, which included interviews with Margaret Thatcher, Liam Gallagher, Marcus Rashford and Hillary Clinton.
In emotional scenes following the programme’s end, Snow was clapped out of the building by his colleagues – a journalistic tradition.
Tributes to his long career poured in from colleagues, fellow broadcasters and politicians both ahead of and after the show.
Credit: Original article published here.