Simon McCoy joining GB News as he quits BBC News after 18 years

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Simon McCoy has been confirmed to be joining GB News just hours after he announced he was leaving BBC News after 18 years.

The move was announced on Twitter just hours after it was confirmed that he would be leaving his previous role at the BBC.

In a statement, GB News spoke of their excitement of having "one of Britain's best-loved and most charismatic journalists" joining the team.

John McAndrew, the Director of News and Programmes at the channel, said: "Simon's journalistic integrity, warmth and personality is a perfect fit for what we're doing at GB News.

"He's a brilliant journalist with an exceptional ability to relate to people in an upbeat way so we're keen to get him out from behind a desk and talking to people from all parts of the United Kingdom."

Simon, 59, won many viewers over with his dry reporting of the Duchess of Cambridge's labour, in which he told them: "The news is, there's no news," from outside St Mary's Hospital in London.

As well as reporting exclusive stories on the Royal Family, the news anchor has covered countless other important moments, such as terrorist attacks.

Since news broke of Simon's exit, his colleagues have been sharing thoughtful messages and photos to say goodbye.

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Tina Daheley wrote: "Cannot believe it's the inimitable Simon McCoy's last day at the BBC! One of the kindest and most likeable people in the newsroom and of course brilliant at his job."

She went on to add a photo of him presenting the news while holding a packet of A4 paper.

Fans online have also been sharing their favourite moments from his time on BBC News.

On one broadcast, Simon failed to hide his laughter when reporting on a man who would play the piano to monkeys.

There was another incident in which he joked that someone had added a funny quote to the end of his autocue about a polar bear, because they knew he wouldn't be able to stop himself from laughing – and they were right.

It appears Simon might not enjoy reporting on light news too much, as he could be heard sighing his way through one segment about surfing dogs.

But it's clear that he'll be missed at BBC, though at least he'll get to report on the hard stuff in his new role.

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