Simon McCoy joining GB News as he quits BBC News after 18 years

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Simon McCoy has been confirmed to be joining GB News just hours after he announced he was leaving BBC News after 18 years.

The move was announced on Twitter just hours after it was confirmed that he would be leaving his previous role at the BBC.

In a statement, GB News spoke of their excitement of having "one of Britain's best-loved and most charismatic journalists" joining the team.

John McAndrew, the Director of News and Programmes at the channel, 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."

Simon, 59, won many viewers over with his dry reporting of the Duchess of Cambridge's labour, in which he told them: "The news is, there's no news," from outside St Mary's Hospital in London.

As well as reporting exclusive stories on the Royal Family, the news anchor has covered countless other important moments, such as terrorist attacks.

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