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Spotlight presenter Justin Leigh to leave the BBC

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cityprod West Country (West) Spotlight
It's a big surprise to me that Justin is leaving Spotlight, but then it was a big surprise to me that he even joined Spotlight in the first place. He started at Radio Cornwall as the host of the Sunday afternoon rock programme, Fast Forward, which aired Sundays at 4pm, just before the Official UK Chart aired at 5pm, taken live from Radio 1. He would later host Three Til Tea, Coast To Coast and a new Saturday afternoon sports programme alongside the late great Jerry Clarke, who whilst was predominantly a news guy at Radio Cornwall, had also been one of the commentators on Cornwall's great Rugby Union County Championship win at Twickenham in 1991. At this point, I thought Justin was pretty much a confirmed radio guy. So it was a surprise to me in 1997 when he joined Spotlight.

Justin's been on our screens down here for over 23 years, and he's also the honourary president of CHBN Radio in Truro, so I don't expect him to stray too far from the South West anytime soon.
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Soupnzi Recently warned London London
One assumes Look East’s Stewart White (73) might be hanging up his slacks shortly
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Ballyboy UTV Newsline
Kim Riley’s about his age as well
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Soupnzi Recently warned London London
We’ll probably get banned or warned or something for mentioning the ages of presenters (despite them being in the public domain), but it’ll perhaps be a factor in the slimming-down of newsrooms.

I think White is the only BBC regional presenter over 70 isn’t he. Remarkably on ITV there’s still Bob Warman (74) and Fred Dinenage (seventy-eight). Fred may be the oldest newsreader there’s ever been on British TV?
Last edited by Soupnzi on 12 October 2020 11:33pm
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London Lite Founding member London London
The wrong presenter is leaving Spotlight.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Worth remembering the redundancy payout when it comes to older (or to be more specific, long serving) presenters. Firstly if they weren't far off retiring they might opt to take redundancy whilst there is a payment available for leaving.

However that will likely cost the BBC more in redundancy payments (and arguably viewer goodwill) than letting someone who hasn't been there as long go - although that can be offset if they are on a historic deal which sees them being paid more than the remaining presenter would be - although I'd imagine there has been some standardisation across regional presenter salaries in recent years considering how often they go through this process, plus ensuring gender equality etc in recent years too.


Ultimately though like many more of us are facing the redundancy process will lead to some people leaving because the timing is right for them, even if it wasn't in their plans - and sadly others leaving through no fault of their own. Personally from a viewer perspective I do think even if regions are cutting from two to one presenter on their evening bulletins they still really need two senior presenters around so that there is always a somewhat familar face on the main bulletin.
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all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The difference in redundancy pay between someone who has been there years and someone relatively recent is negligible in the grand scheme of things. If they stick to the statutory guidelines, the weekly amount it is based off is capped. Either way, it’s cheaper to make someone redundant than it is to continue employing them.
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Inspector Sands
The difference in redundancy pay between someone who has been there years and someone relatively recent is negligible in the grand scheme of things. If they stick to the statutory guidelines, the weekly amount it is based off is capped. Either way, it’s cheaper to make someone redundant than it is to continue employing them.

BBC redundancy is a month a year of continuous service, but I'm pretty sure it is capped
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David Fitzgerald who normally presents the Friday late bulletin hasn’t appeared on a while
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Inspector Sands
We’ll probably get banned or warned or something for mentioning the ages of presenters (despite them being in the public domain), but it’ll perhaps be a factor in the slimming-down of newsrooms.

I think White is the only BBC regional presenter over 70 isn’t he. Remarkably on ITV there’s still Bob Warman (74) and Fred Dinenage (seventy-eight). Fred may be the oldest newsreader there’s ever been on British TV?

Nick Owen is 72

Age will definately be a factor not only because of retirement but because of longevity of service, a couple of local radio people who've left recently had been at their stations for 35 years. A good time to take retirement.

Keith Skues who left his programme in the East of England last week is 82
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AlfieMulcahy Meridian (South East) South East Today
We’ll probably get banned or warned or something for mentioning the ages of presenters (despite them being in the public domain), but it’ll perhaps be a factor in the slimming-down of newsrooms.

I think White is the only BBC regional presenter over 70 isn’t he. Remarkably on ITV there’s still Bob Warman (74) and Fred Dinenage (seventy-eight). Fred may be the oldest newsreader there’s ever been on British TV?

Nick Owen is 72

Age will definately be a factor not only because of retirement but because of longevity of service, a couple of local radio people who've left recently had been at their stations for 35 years. A good time to take retirement.

Keith Skues who left his programme in the East of England last week is 82


One local presenter I can't see leaving for a while is Fred Dineage. It seems like he'll be doing it forever. Smile
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
We’ll probably get banned or warned or something for mentioning the ages of presenters (despite them being in the public domain), but it’ll perhaps be a factor in the slimming-down of newsrooms.

I think White is the only BBC regional presenter over 70 isn’t he. Remarkably on ITV there’s still Bob Warman (74) and Fred Dinenage (seventy-eight). Fred may be the oldest newsreader there’s ever been on British TV?

Nick Owen is 72

Age will definately be a factor not only because of retirement but because of longevity of service, a couple of local radio people who've left recently had been at their stations for 35 years. A good time to take retirement.

Keith Skues who left his programme in the East of England last week is 82


One local presenter I can't see leaving for a while is Fred Dineage. It seems like he'll be doing it forever. Smile


Fred is a huge pull. My late mother in law was always quite happy to watch the wrong version of Meridian News, all that matted was Fred!
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