ITV Calendar, the long-running regional news programme broadcast across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has bid farewell to one of its long-standing presenters, after Duncan Wood announced his departure from the show on air.
Duncan, a TV veteran of over three decades, has been a part of the show for 19 years, becoming one half of the longest-running presenting partnerships on TV when he co-hosted the show with Christine Talbot.
However, he has now told viewers that ‘the time is right to start the next chapter of my life’.
Although Calendar is a regional viewers in other parts of the country might still be familiar with Duncan, from his long career on the small screen.
But just who is he – and where is he going next?
Who is ITV’s Duncan Wood?
Duncan is a former journalist who began his career on a local newspaper in Sunderland before moving into radio presenting at Newcastle’s Metro FM.
He has been in TV for 32 years, starting his screen career as a sports presenter at ITV Tyne Tees before becoming the North Of England correspondent and stand-in presenter for breakfast show GMTV.
Duncan joined Calendar in 2003, his first show coming from Sheffield Town Hall as Sheffield United were given a civic reception following their play-off final against Wolves that year.
He went on to cover some huge stories in his time on air, reporting on everything from the Bollywood Oscars to the disappearance of toddler Ben Needham on the Greek island of Kos.
As well as Calendar, he was also the frontman of his own show, Wood You Believe It, as well as interviewing star names in the Yorkshire-based series One To One.
Where is Duncan Wood going?
Duncan has not confirmed yet what his next move will be – although he has recently been absent from the airwaves with health problems.
He said in his farewell message: “It’s been an incredible honour and privilege to be allowed into the front rooms of millions of homes across the region for almost two decades, building up a relationship with ITV Calendar’s wonderful viewers, and telling their amazing stories.
‘I’ve been fortunate to make many lifelong friends through the programme, and to have worked with some exceptionally talented people on and off screen.
‘But after a lot of thought I’ve decided the time is right for me to start the next chapter of my life and see what’s round the next corner!’