Simon’s last day is today (Picture: BBC)
Simon McCoy is leaving BBC News after nearly 18 years.
The 59-year-old confirmed the news on Twitter, after floor manager Niall Jackson wished him luck in his final week.
Jackson tweeted: ‘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. Made the dreariest of heavy news days instantly more manageable. May the road rise up to meet you @BBCSimonMcCoy Sláinte.’
McCoy tweeted: ‘Thank you Niall, I shall miss you’, and after a follower asked whether he was leaving, the newsreader wrote: ‘After 18 years… last day today.’
Newsreader Alex Lovell also marked the occasion, tweeting: ‘I’m sorry to share this Twitter fam’ but it looks like our amazing, funny and brilliant @BBCSimonMcCoy is leaving the Beeb.
‘Simon, I have the pleasure of calling you a colleague and friend. You’ll be so missed on the BBC – good luck with your next adventure.’
Sam Taylor, Head of Live & Breaking for BBC News, later confirmed the news, saying: ‘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.’
The journalist first joined the BBC in January 2004, and took over the morning slot on BBC News with Kate Silverton the following year.
Over the years, he made regular appearances on BBC Breakfast, and continued to be a stand-in and relief presenter on weekends following the arrival of Charlie Stayt.
McCoy took up the role of main presenter of the BBC News at One last March, and presents the weekday 2-5pm slot.
As well as his newsreading skills, McCoy has become known for some of BBC News’s most viral moments.
In 2013, McCoy went viral when he inadvertently picked up a refill pack of A4 printer paper instead of his iPad while presenting to camera.
A BBC spokesperson said at the time: ‘This morning as Simon McCoy was preparing to introduce this story, instead of picking up his tablet to hold as he went to air, he mistakenly picked up a ream of paper that was sitting next to it. In the rush of live news, he didn’t have an opportunity to swap the items, so simply went with it.’
McCoy is also known for his hilarious sarcastic coverage of the royal family, reporting royal baby news with a distinct lack of enthusiasm.
While stationed outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital awaiting the birth of Prince George, McCoy mainly commented on the lack of any news, and while reporting on Kate Middleton revealing the due date of her third child, he said: ‘I’m not sure how much news this is.’
Before moving to the BBC, McCoy worked at the Fleet Street news agency, Thames News and Sky, co-anchoring Sky News’s coverage of the Iraq War on location in Kuwait and Basra in 2003.Credit: Original article published here.