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Spotlight presenter Justin Leigh to leave the BBC

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Isonstine Founding member London London
Really enjoyed that farewell (well, as much as you can). I particularly liked the messages from viewers, perhaps even more than Justin's "best bits" as it highlighted how much he was valued and clearly took him by surprise. It was refreshing that he was honest with viewers in explaining that the regional programmes were going down to one presenter across the BBC but made no further comment.
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JamesTV West Country (West) Spotlight
Spotlight spent a large portion of the programme bidding farewell to Justin, (and rightly so), with a montage of his time at the BBC, viewer messages (including some famous faces), and an emotional ending.

It's unfortunate that his time at the BBC has come to an end, as he was valued right across the region. I wish him all the very best for the future.

Last edited by JamesTV on 16 October 2020 8:34pm - 2 times in total
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JamesTV West Country (West) Spotlight
Justin appeared on BBC Radio Cornwall yesterday afternoon and spoke to James Dundon about some of the key moments in his career. An interesting listen:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08vhb4j
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James Vertigan Founding member West Country (West) Spotlight
Victoria thanked all the viewers for their messages for Justin at the end of the programme tonight and said they would all be passed on. Poor girl was visibly upset by the situation.
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South Today
Victoria thanked all the viewers for their messages for Justin at the end of the programme tonight and said they would all be passed on. Poor girl was visibly upset by the situation.


I noticed she has set her twitter profile to private though.
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Ballyboy UTV Newsline
Missing Justin Already
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South Today
Wow just watched her closing of tonight’s programme. I haven’t seen a close like that since Annabel Tiffin closing on NWT on the day they announced Dianne’s death. Such a shame the powers that be thought it was a good idea to rip regional news families apart.
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London Lite Founding member London London
Wow just watched her closing of tonight’s programme. I haven’t seen a close like that since Annabel Tiffin closing on NWT on the day they announced Dianne’s death. Such a shame the powers that be thought it was a good idea to rip regional news families apart.


They're going to be as dull as BBC London's bulletin at this rate.
South Today and Ballyboy gave kudos
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all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Wow just watched her closing of tonight’s programme. I haven’t seen a close like that since Annabel Tiffin closing on NWT on the day they announced Dianne’s death. Such a shame the powers that be thought it was a good idea to rip regional news families apart.

Good grief. Talk about self-indulgence at a time when many of their viewers are finding themselves out of work with probably nothing like the pay-off.
Cold Open and valley gave kudos
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James Vertigan Founding member West Country (West) Spotlight
Victoria thanked all the viewers for their messages for Justin at the end of the programme tonight and said they would all be passed on. Poor girl was visibly upset by the situation.


I noticed she has set her twitter profile to private though.


I think she’d had a few nasty messages from some viewers who thought she didn’t care that Justin was leaving and asking why she hadn’t recorded a message for him (she was away on holiday last week).
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

Good grief. Talk about self-indulgence at a time when many of their viewers are finding themselves out of work with probably nothing like the pay-off.


No ill feelings at all, but many folk are in dire trouble now, with no Final Salary style pension schemes to fall back on. For many the 'wrong side of 50' they'd give a limb to be someone being gently encouraged to leave a public sector employer. Media types do have a tendancy to exist within a bubble at times
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freddied056 Meridian (South) South Today
Wow just watched her closing of tonight’s programme. I haven’t seen a close like that since Annabel Tiffin closing on NWT on the day they announced Dianne’s death. Such a shame the powers that be thought it was a good idea to rip regional news families apart.

Good grief. Talk about self-indulgence at a time when many of their viewers are finding themselves out of work with probably nothing like the pay-off.

You can't stop natural emotions though (and the tears looked very natural) - you make a good point, but no matter your situation you're likely to find it sad when a colleague is essentially forced to leave.

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