Simon McCoy is leaving BBC News after almost 18 years. Today (Thursday 25th March), marked McCoy’s last day on the job before he joins GB News, an upcoming dedicated news challenge set to launch in the UK later in 2021.
The journalist confirmed the news on Twitter when he responded to a post by floor manager Niall Jackson that wished him well.
“If you think he’s a handful on-screen, imagine what he’s like off it? Only got to floor manage four 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,” Jackson wrote.
Thank you https://t.co/1wQhR3T7P7— Simon McCoy (@BBCSimonMcCoy) March 25, 2021
McCoy, who is renowned for delivering royal news with a distinct lack of enthusiasm, first joined the BBC back in 2004. He presented the BBC News morning slot alongside Kate Silverton before becoming the main presenter on the weekday afternoon slot in March last year.
Since he joining the broadcaster, McCoy has regularly appeared on BBC Breakfast and had his fair few viral moments. Most notably, he appeared live on BBC News with pack of printer paper instead of his iPad.
Other journalists and BBC staff have shared their well wishes with McCoy on Twitter, including Alex Lovell and BBC Creative Director Chris Cook.
Thank you Alex! https://t.co/2FymKXNl6f— Simon McCoy (@BBCSimonMcCoy) March 25, 2021
Cook also said farewell to BBC News director Paul Riseley, who is also leaving the broadcaster.