Leading the tributes to Turnbull’s departure were his co-workers on BBC Breakfast, which he has worked at in some capacity since 1989 and hosted since 2001. During his time as an anchor, Turnbull has been paired with over a dozen female co-presenters including Sian Williams, Susanna Reid and Louise Minchin.
Really really going to miss my lovely wonderful friend @billtu xxx
But what will Bill be up to next? Well, apart from continuing with TV and radio work, he reportedly plans to spend more time with his wife Sarah, while also channelling the retirement plans of Sherlock Holmes and concentrating more on his beloved bees.
“I have been neglecting my bees for far too long. They are on a farm, they were going to come up here to the Lakes where we live but it was too windy. They are down in Buckinghamshire, I don’t see them very often but they don’t seem to mind!”
He concluded: “Certainly I am not looking forward to the last day because it will be a very emotional occasion.
“I am already trying to work out an anti-blubbing defence because that would be really awful to spill tears. But I know it will be a big day.”