Jon Snow, 74, prepares to host his final Channel 4 News show at 7pm

End of an era for broadcasting legend…and the ‘ludicrous’ ties: Jon Snow, 74, prepares to host his final Channel 4 News show at 7pm TONIGHT after 32 years at the helm

  • Colleagues and fellow broadcasters pay tribute to Jon Snow ahead of final show
  • The 74-year-old journalist is set to read the news for the final time at 7pm on Ch4
  • Snow has been at the helm of Channel 4 news programme for 32 years in total

Colleagues and fellow broadcasters have paid tribute to Jon Snow ahead of his final Channel 4 News programme.

The 74-year-old journalist, the longest-serving presenter in the programme’s history, is stepping back from the show after 32 years at the helm.

He will continue to work with Channel 4 on long-form projects and spend more time focusing on his charitable work.

It comes after fellow broadcaster Andrew Marr signed off his final show for the BBC after 21 years last week.

The 62-year-old veteran broadcaster left the BBC after 21 years, including 16 years fronting the long-running flagship show. 

Marr ended the show with a nod to Will Ferrell’s Anchorman character in the 2004 comedy and quoted the iconic catchphrase, ‘You stay classy San Diego’.

Ahead of Jon Snow’s final show on Thursday evening, Channel 4 News communications director Hayley Barlow shared a photo on Twitter of Snow looking out across the newsroom.

Colleagues paid tribute to Jon Snow ahead of his final Channel 4 News programme tonight

The veteran news presenter is stepping back from the show after 32 years at the helm tonight

Jon Snow and his wife Precious Lunga at a lunch to celebrate his Bafta fellowship in May 2015

She wrote: ‘Going to be an emotional day, our last shift working together, before the Channel 4 News lights dim at 8pm.’

Former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan made reference to Snow’s fondness of colourful ties.

He tweeted: ‘Farewell Snowy @jonsnowC4 after 32 years at Channel 4 News.

‘You’ve been a consistently brilliant news broadcaster, and aside from the ludicrous ties, and dodgy helmets, a lot of fun too. Congrats on a great run – I’ll miss you!’

Channel 4 News correspondent Ciaran Jenkins shared a video of Snow performing a sea shanty that went viral on TikTok earlier this year.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘The legendary @jonsnowC4 presents @Channel4News for the last time tonight. A superb journalist, unique communicator and an inspiration to so many of us.’

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow is pictured reporting from Sri Lanka in January 2016

Jon Snow reporting for Channel 4 from the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan in March 2011

Jon Snow in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010, which he also covered for Channel 4 News

Jon Snow (left) is pictured as Margaret Thatcher arrives at No 10 Downing Street to take up office as prime minister following the Conservative victory in the general election in May 1979

Referencing the lyrics of the shanty, he added: ‘One day when the tonguing is done we’ll take our leave and go.’

‘We’ll miss you so much Jon.’

ITV News presenter Lucrezia Millarini described Snow as a ‘legend’.

She added: ‘Wow. A constant on-screen presence in my household growing up. Then I was lucky enough to work in the same building.’

Adam Fowler, a reporter at ITV Yorkshire, described Snow’s departure as the ‘end of an era’.

He added: ‘I’ve been a fan my entire career. Will be sorely missed.’

Snow’s career in journalism began at LBC in 1973 before he moved to ITN in 1976, where he served as Washington correspondent and diplomatic editor.

He then became the main presenter of Channel 4 News in 1989.

Channel 4 previously said Snow will now ‘focus on his charities and some of his many passions in life, people’s stories, inequality, Africa, Iran and the arts’.

His final programme airs from 7pm on Thursday.

Jon Snow: Acclaimed journalist with long career and love of jazzy socks and ties 

An acclaimed and celebrated broadcaster whose journalism career began almost 50 years ago, Jon Snow will step down as presenter of Channel 4 News at the end of 2021.

Famed for his love of eye-catching socks and silk ties, he has been a staple of the channel’s news programme for 32 years.

Snow, 73, began his career in journalism for Independent Radio News, LBC in 1973.

He joined ITN, which produces Channel 4 News, in 1976 and served as Washington correspondent from 1983 to 1986 before working as diplomatic editor from 1986 from 1989.

Jon Snow interviews Idi Amin in Uganda in one of his most famous reports, in 1977

He became the main presenter of Channel 4 News in 1989 and has since travelled the world covering elections, revolutions and conflicts, including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the release of Nelson Mandela; and the elections of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Tony Blair and Barack Obama.

Born in Sussex in 1947, he grew up at Ardingly College where his father was headmaster.

In 2013 he revealed in a blog post on the Channel 4 website that he was abducted and abused by a member of staff at the school when he was six years old.

After leaving school he spent a year as a VSO volunteer teaching in Uganda and described it as the most radicalising experience of his life.

Mr Snow interviews Monica Lewinsky at her parents’ New York house in February 1999

He credited a determination to return to Africa with his decision to enter journalism, realising that was the best way to go back.

Some 10 years later, ITN dispatched him to Uganda to cover Idi Amin’s coup.

Over the years he has won awards including the Richard Dimbleby Bafta award for Best Factual Contribution to UK Television and the Royal Television Society awards for Journalist of the Year and is a five-time winner of Presenter of the Year prize.

In 2015 he was honoured with Bafta’s highest accolade, the Fellowship.

Delivering the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in 2017, he said management at media companies should be shamed into ensuring equal pay for women and called out organisations for lack of diversity across the media.

He also revealed that he had taken a pay cut at the request of Channel 4 and said he felt it was the right thing to do.

Channel 4 said Mr Snow will front ‘longer-form projects’ for the broadcaster from 2022

He sparked controversy in 2019, after a day of rallies and protests relating to Brexit, he said he had ‘never seen so many white people in one place’.

More than 2,700 people complained to regulator Ofcom, making it the most complained-about programme of 2019, and Channel 4 said it regretted any offence caused by the ‘unscripted observation’.

Ofcom found the comment did not breach TV rules.

Earlier this year, Snow, who has two daughters from his relationship with human rights lawyer Madeleine Colvin, announced he and his wife Precious Lunga hd welcomed a child together.

He announced the couple had a baby boy with a surrogate on March 2 after ‘numerous medical setbacks and miscarriages’.

Snow and Lunga, a 46-year-old Zimbabwean academic, tied the knot in 2010.

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