Kate Silverton insists BBC co-star Simon McCoy’s secret move to GB News was not a surprise

Simon McCoy 'choked up' following BBC News farewell tribute

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Simon McCoy, 59, surprised his BBC colleagues when news of his departure was unveiled by floor manager Niall Jackson. He later confirmed that that day was his last after 18 years as a broadcaster at the channel. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Simon’s former colleagues Kate Silverton, 50, has now insisted she wasn’t surprised by the news.

She said: “Was it a shock really?

“People follow their paths and Simon made a decision which was right for him, in terms of where his personal circumstances are at.

“We started out together, he was lovely to work with and very very funny.”

The broadcaster was known for his witty remarks, particularly during royal news segments.

In one memorable moment, he queried how Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third baby announcement was news as he quipped people should book time off work for it.

Kate added: “He was very much the joker, which wouldn’t surprise anybody, he had a lovely sort of energy.

“I think whatever he goes on to do he will do very well with and he’s a very personable human.

“We all want people to be human and especially at the moment, anyone that can bring a smile has got to be a good thing.

“He’s very popular and he made us all laugh.”

Sam Taylor, Head of Live & Breaking for BBC News, told Express.co.uk: “Sharp, funny and a great colleague – it has been a delight to have Simon at the helm of the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One.

“We’ll miss his one-liners, pregnant pauses and commitment to breaking news in every form, and wish him the very best for the future.”

After news of his departure surfaced, Andrew Neil went on to confirm he would be joining GB News.

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He wrote on Twitter: “Oh yes. Simon McCoy is joining GB News… another great hire!”

Director of News and Programmes, John McAndrew, said: “Simon’s journalistic integrity, warmth and personality is a perfect fit for what we’re doing at GB News.

“He’s a brilliant journalist with an exceptional ability to relate to people in an upbeat way so we’re keen to get him out from behind a desk and talking to people from all parts of the United Kingdom.”

The broadcaster began his career as a reporter at the Fleet Street News Agency before he joined Thames Television as a researcher.

He first joined the BBC in 2004 and took over the morning slot on BBC News alongside Kate the following year.

Across the channel, Simon also presented various programmes including BBC News 24, BBC Breakfast and Afternoon Live.

Elsewhere, Kate has released her first book, which is set to change the way we understand children’s brain development, particularly between the ages 0 to 5.

The journalist, who is on placement as a children’s counsellor after studying Psychology at university, also said parents will understand why there is no such thing as “naughty” in the first chapter of her book, where she details why the naughty step isn’t beneficial.

She said: “The results that I’m seeing whether that’s counselling the clients that I have or my own children, or hearing other people say that their children have benefited from the book already, that just brings me the greatest joy!”

There’s No Such Thing As Naughty, by Kate Silverton (Little, Brown, £14.99) is out now.

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