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 – 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.