BBC news presenter retires after 47 years as fans mark end of an era

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Taking to its official account on Tuesday, the BBC News Press Team confirmed Nicholas Witchell was retiring after 47 years with the broadcaster.

They wrote: “After 47 fantastic years we will be bidding farewell to Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell, who will be retiring next year.

“Nick has reported from across the world and presented key BBC News shows.

“Thank you for your remarkable service!”

Nicholas’ colleagues and fans took to the comment section in droves to mark the “end of an era”.

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@MonarchyUK wrote: “Wishing Nicholas Witchell a happy retirement.

“He was very supportive of me when I first started my royal reporting career a decade ago, taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my many questions.”

@RoyalDickie went on: “The retirement of the @BBCNews’s #NickWitchell after 47 years will be a very sad departure.

“He’s one of the few people at #Auntie with gravitas. A good innings and worth a #GoldRolex for staying the course.” (sic)

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“End of an era,” @char1iewatts simply shared while @PaulJack662016 added: “End of an era of a remarkable reporting/presenting career at BBC News – probably only John Simpson has been with BBC News longer.” (sic)

Nicholas has reported on some of the BBC’s biggest stories to date including Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and some of the royal weddings.

However, in 2005, one of the broadcaster’s most memorable moments was when the then-Prince Charles was caught on camera talking about Nicholas.

Charles was heard saying: “I can’t bear that man. He’s so awful. He really is.”

Speaking about the incident in 2012, Nicholas said: “There has never been an apology, and why should there be?

“He was probably quite right. You know, awful man.

“You could take the view it was the best thing that happened to me because it showed that it is our job as BBC journalists to report fairly and accurately, but not to seek approval. We’re not there to be liked.”

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