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Messages of thanks to ‘legendary’ BBC presenter retiring after 37 years

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The co-workers of reporting legend, Stewart White, have led the way in paying tribute to his remarkable 37-year career, following his shock retirement announcement.

Thousands of viewers took to social media to leave heartfelt sentiments after the 74-year-old revealed he would be leaving the BBC’s regional news programme, Look East.

In an emotional and moving statement, he surprised not only the programmes viewers but also his co-workers who were unaware of his departure.

Presenting his final show on Thursday, September 30, Mr White said his last goodbye at the end of the 6.30pm programme.

Susie Fowler-Watt and Stewart White won the Broadcast and Media Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards. They are pictured with Sarah Barrow from award sponsor the University of East Anglia. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

Co-presenter, Susie Fowler-Watt, said the news was “still sinking in”.

“It’s the end of a very special era. A master of his art and a wonderful co-presenter for 23 years. Live TV only works if you have each other’s backs and I knew he always had mine. It was an honour to sit beside him.”

Mr White, who lives in south Norfolk, has won multiple awards including the Royal Television Society's award for Regional Television Presenter of the Year in 2013, and again in 2014 for his work on BBC Look East.

During his career, he has interviewed people such as former prime minister Edward Heath, actors Joan Collins, Sophia Loren, and Dick Bogarde, as well as singer Michael Jackson - the last journalist in Britain to do so.

He was also the first human to appear on Spitting Image and interviewed........

© Norwich Evening News

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