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BBC News cult legend Simon McCoy quits for GB News

BBC News cult legend Simon McCoy quits for GB News
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Simon McCoy steps down from BBC News after 18 years to present a new afternoon show for GB News.

Simon McCoy has confirmed that he is leaving BBC News after 18 years in order to present an afternoon show on the new news channel GB News.

The 59-year-old is known for bringing a slightly quirky presenting style to the BBC's news channel, and went viral in 2013 when he presented a bulletin with a block of A4 paper instead of an iPad.

McCoy becomes the latest high-profile signing for GB News after Sky News veteran Colin Brazier also jumped ship to join the lineup for the forthcoming station.

John McAndrew, director of programming at GB News, said: "Simon's journalistic integrity, warmth and personality is a perfect fit for what we're doing at GB News.

"He's a brilliant journalist with an exceptional ability to relate to people in an upbeat way so we're keen to get him out from behind a desk and talking to people from all parts of the United Kingdom."

Meanwhile, GB News has also announced that Euronews anchor Rosie Wright has joined the channel as part of its breakfast presenting team.

Watch McCoy's BBC best bits below:

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