Floor manager Niall Jackson dropped the bombshell on Twitter when he told his followers it was Simon McCoy’s “final week”. As social media users queried the tweet, the newsreader confirmed he was leaving. Niall tweeted: “If you think he’s a handful on-screen, imagine what he’s like off it?
“Only got to floor manage 4 years of his 17+ at @BBCNews so was nice to do his final week.
“Made the dreariest of heavy news days instantly more manageable.
“May the road rise up to meet you @BBCSimonMcCoy Sláinte.”
In response to this, the 59-year-old BBC veteran wrote: “Thank you Niall, I shall miss you.”
A fan went on to query if this meant he was leaving, to which he replied: “After 18 years… last day today.”
Newsreader Alex Lovell hinted the news had come as a surprise.
She added: “I’m sorry to share this Twitter fam’ but it looks like our amazing, funny and brilliant @BBCSimonMcCoy is leaving the Beeb.
“Simon, I have the pleasure of calling you a colleague and friend.
“You’ll be so missed on the BBC – good luck with your next adventure.”
More to follow…