Another Spotlight presenter is leaving as Jenny Walrond announces departure from BBC

Another BBC Spotlight veteran, Jenny Walrond, has said she is stepping down from the programme

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.

Jenny Walrond (pictured far right) in 2011.

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.

15/12/2011 – Jenny Walrond presents Katherine Weir with her Best Performance Award at front. Head Teacher David Farmer at right along with other award winners on the night l-t Oliver Seymour, Ian White, Brett Ball, Natalie Kelland and Oli Milroy. Pic by Paul Slater Rep – none Contact Cathy Robins on 402679

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.