BBC's grumpiest news presenter Simon McCoy today announced he's leaving the corporation, the latest big name hire poached by start up channel GB News. McCoy, 59, leaves after 17 years at the Beeb, signing off this afternoon's News at One with the words: 'From me, it's good afternoon – and goodbye.'
Mr S thought it only right to gather a round up of highlights from McCoy's recent career, presenting to you below six of the best and starting with how he greeted Boris Johnson's Talk Radio interview in July 2019 during the Tory leadership race:
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) March 25, 2021
When Boris Johnson said that he paints cardboard buses in his spare time and he followed it up with “I wonder what he writes on the side of it” pic.twitter.com/ouDs0wrtY3
It came weeks after he was forced to read off an autocue for a segment about a dog-show in Scotland:
— Robbie James (@thatrobbiejames) April 29, 2019
Simon McCoy is my favourite person in the whole of broadcasting ever pic.twitter.com/ERdumHymv6
The year previously in the space of 24 hours both Pippa Middleton and Meghan Markle announced they were giving birth and McCoy handled it with the appropriate joy:
Such form had been developed previously in 2017 when he had the honour to report on Prince Louis's birth:
— BBC Three (@bbcthree) October 18, 2017
Simon McCoy: the gift that keeps giving. pic.twitter.com/XimJgyW31o
And of course perhaps the highlight in 2013 when he famously accidentally picked up a pack of A4 paper for a piece to camera instead of his iPad:
— BBC Three (@bbcthree) September 19, 2017
While the gravitas he brought to this silly season story in 2017 shows us all how it is done:
— Chris Gray (@ChrisGSGray) August 7, 2017
Mr S does hope the deadpan intones and raised eyebrows will be retained at GB News in order to give us the real McCoy experience.