Another BBC Spotlight veteran, Jenny Walrond, has said she is stepping down from the programme – the fourth in the past year.
Walrond, who is the BBC Southwest health and science correspondent, announced her departure on Twitter where she quoted Frank Sinatra: “Start spreading the news…
“Massive thanks to all those who trusted me to tell their stories, to all the interviewees/colleagues/contacts who I’ve laughed and cried with over the last 23 years.
“It’s been a blast, but it’s time for someone else to have a turn.”
Walrond’s Tweet was replied to with many well-wishers and curious fans wondering what’s next for the presenter.
Her response to the question was: “Nowhere yet. Planning to freelance doing PR, corporate video, media training etc until I find an opportunity I can’t turn down.”
She is the fourth BBC Spotlight presenter to step back from the broadcaster in the past year – with Hamish Marshall and Justin Leigh making their own announcements in October.
When Marshall stepped down, DevonLive reported that a BBC spokesperson confirmed he had left voluntarily: “Some familiar faces on our regional TV bulletins have decided to take voluntary redundancy.”
Most recently, in December, two-decade-long Spotlight veteran Carol Madge said she was leaving, writing: “Last day at Spotlight after many years. Amazing colleagues, wonderful viewers and fascinating interviewees. That really is it from me.”
Walrond joins the other three in leaving after a tough year for the public broadcaster with widespread budget cuts and many staff being offered voluntary redundancy.
BBC England – the local and regional part of the BBC, which BBC Spotlight is a part of – has to save £25m by 2022 as part of wider cuts the corporation has to make.