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Spencer For Hire5,864 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Wow - certainly the end of an era, although I suppose not a great surprise really considering his prolonged absence since his health scare.

Presumably this means that North East Tonight's main programme will continue to be fully split between Pontop and Bilsdale.
Steven O1,025 posts since 4 Jan 2003
The end of an era all right and a real "leg-end" (anyone who's watched his banter with Bob Johnson on NET will understand what I'm going on about).

Enjoy your retirement, Mike - you've earned it. We'll miss you.
Spencer For Hire5,864 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Some sentiments from MediaGuardian's Organ Grinder which I'm sure will be echoed by many members here...

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Mike Neville, Tyne Tees TV's best known presenter, who is stepping down after more than 40 years in the business, is an iconic figure in the north east, where he has been the face of both ITV and BBC regional news at different times. The question is, will we ever see the 69 year old's like again, with the regional identity of once independent company's such as Tyne Tees now increasingly diluted within ITV plc?


Regional news presenters for both ITV and the BBC can become local stars and provide a key link between viewers and broadcasters - personally, no evening seemed to be complete when I was growing up in west Yorkshire in the 80s without BBC Look North's Harry Gration and Judith Stamper. I know Richard Whiteley was on the other side fronting Yorkshire TV's Calendar - what can I say? I grew up in a BBC household.

In the 70s with Nationwide, the BBC also gave regional presenters, including Neville, a chance to shine on the network TV stage.

And regional TV has been a launch pad for the careers of many who went on to success in network TV - graduates of Look North include Mike Smartt, Philip Hayton, Mike McCarthy and Sophie Raworth.

But many others, including Neville, have stayed in regional TV, doing an important job and building a special bond with audiences around the country. Everyone can probably associate with a similar character from their region.

However, with the regional identity's of the old ITV companies already submerged into a single network brand and the broadcaster's continuing commitment to regional news in question, are the days of healthy competition between the likes of the north east's Mike Neville and Paul Frost a thing of the past?


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TyneTeesTelevision150 posts since 19 Aug 2003
Westy2 posted:
The story was even reported in the West Mids newspaper 'Express & Star', even though 99% of the readers would not have heard of him!


Well they might do from Nationwide, Noel's House Party or Come Dancing, I suppose.
Andrew13,662 posts since 27 Mar 2001
TyneTeesTelevision posted:
Nice to see the features on Mike on Tyne Tees and BBC Look North tonight, as Nicholas Owen said, there won't be anyone else quite like Mike Neville.

It even got a mention on the ITV Lunchtime News, which I'm sure Nicholas Owen put on the running order himself