Naga Munchetty bids farewell to BBC journalist Rory Cellan-Jones as he steps down

The BBC Breakfast star paid tribute to technology correspondent Rory who announced on Twitter that he has quit his role following news that the BBC is moving technology jobs to Glasgow

Naga Munchetty
Naga Munchetty has paid tribute to a BBC colleague who has quit the corporation after 40 years

Naga Munchetty has praised one of her fellow BBC stars following his shock announcement that he is quitting the corporation after four decades of service.

The 46-year-old TV star was saddened by the news that technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is hanging up his microphone after 40 years of work at the BBC.

The 63-year-old declared it was time for him to move on after previously joining the BBC way back in 1981 – declaring he was looking forward to new challenges as he enters his twilight years.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Rory – who revealed in May 2019 that he is battling Parkinson’s disease – explained that he was now counting down to the end of his time on the Beeb after a colourful and varied career.

Rory Cellan-Jones has announced he is quitting the BBC after 40 years of service



He wrote: “Some personal news..in late October I shall be leaving the BBC.

“I’ve had the most fabulous time working with brilliant people. But after 40 years it’s time to move on…”

Taking a trip down memory lane, Rory shred some of his career highlights, harking back to 1981 when he was a researcher on Look North where he was on duty during a visit from Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II featured among Rory’s career highlights



He celebrated his past as a TV News producer in London in the ’80s where his colleagues included esteemed reporters John Simpson and Tim Sebastian before becoming a business reporter on the Money Programme, Working Lunch and TV News bulletins.

Rory’s interest in the rise of the internet in the 1990s prompted him to adapt his career to become a Technology Correspondent – with his personal highlights pointed out as covering “the launch of the iPhone to meeting the bonkers but brilliant Elon Musk”.

BBC Breakfast star Naga was among the first to bid farewell to Rory with a short but sweet message for her BBC colleague.

Naga was among BBC stars to bid a fond farewell to Rory



Responding to his tweet, she replied: “You utterly brilliant man – You will be sorely missed.”

Andrew Marr also joined in in waving goodbye to Rory, tweeting: “Very very sad day for the BBC. And for straight factual news broadcasting.”

And radio broadcasting legend Simon Mayo tweeted: “We’ll miss you on air of course and particularly you walking past our Wittertainment studio (back when we did that sort of thing).”

After an entire day of people tweeting him back, Rory returned to the micro-blogging site to express his gratitude at the outpouring of love he had received.

Sharing a snap of himself out walking his dog, he tweeted: “Just a note from our morning walk to say thanks so much for all the lovely messages about my news yesterday. They were hugely appreciated.”

Rory’s decision to quit the BBC comes after it was announced the corporation is moving it’s technology department to Glasgow – in a move that upset some employees.

The BBC’s technology office is controversially being moved to ‘rubbish riddled’ Glasgow



Indeed, Rory himself expressed concern about the sudden change to office plans when it was announced back in March, tweeting at the time: “Bit of a tricky day for us on the @BBCTech team, having been told we have to move to Glasgow. It’s a great city, but many of us not at the stage in life where we can uproot our families.”

While SNP run Glasgow has been attracting bad press in recent months due to failure by the city’s council to keep streets clean – which has been declared a “major health and safety breach”.

Glaswegians have also been sharing, to their horror, videos and photos of rubbish filled streets full of rotting products and riddled with vermin including rats.


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