Naga Munchetty has told Rory Cellan-Jones he will be ‘sorely missed’ when he leaves the BBC in October after 40 years
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Naga Munchetty says she will miss her “utterly brilliant” co-star Rory Cellan-Jones as he announced he will be leaving the BBC later this year.
The BBC Breakfast presenter, 46, shared her emotional reaction on Twitter after the journalist revealed he is stepping down as technology correspondent in October, after 40 years with the corporation.
Rory shared his “personal news” on social media, writing: “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…”
Naga bid farewell to the star after seeing the post, writing: “You utterly brilliant man – You will be sorely missed x.”
She praised Rory following his shock announcement that he is quitting the corporation after four decades of service.
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 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.
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”.
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 Twitter 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.”
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