Bill Turnbull reacts to ‘big loss’ after former BBC colleague shares farewell post

Bill Turnbull reveals he has 'good days and bad days' with health

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Veteran broadcaster Bill Turnbull departed his role on BBC Breakfast in 2016 but has remained a key part of the network family. Now, he has expressed his sadness as a “rare breed” Nick Bryant shared his resignation.

Nick is an outstanding correspondent and analyst, one of those whose reports always make you listen up and pay attention

Bill Turnbull

Bill, 65, had fronted BBC Breakfast alongside Susanna Reid, 50, until she moved to rival show, Good Morning Britain, in 2014.

Just two years later, Bill presented his last Breakfast show alongside Louise Minchin on February 26, 2016.

Since departing his role, Bill has hosted his own radio show on Classic FM, every Saturday and Sunday morning.

As well as this, he has co-presented the likes of The One Show, Holding Back the Years and The Zoo.

Taking to his Twitter page in front of his 100,800 followers, Bill who is living with prostate cancer shared his views after the BBC’s New York correspondent Nick Bryant made a shock announcement.

He said: “Big loss for the BBC and all of us.

“Nick is an outstanding correspondent and analyst, one of those whose reports always make you listen up and pay attention. A rare breed.”

This comes as Bristol-born Nick announced his departure after working for the BBC for over two decades.

Sharing the news with his 48,800 Twitter followers, the journalist said: “I have loved my 25 years with the BBC.

“To work alongside so many colleagues I admire and adore has been one of the great gifts of my life.

“But I’ll be leaving later in the year – returning to Australia, happy, contented and genuinely excited about what’s next.”

His post which has attracted over 6,000 likes was met with floods of messages from colleagues sharing their sadness.

BBC World News presenter Nuala McGovern responded: “This is a huge loss to the BBC, the insightful analysis and always wonderful writing about the States.

“I guess we shall have to content ourselves in the hope that we may get that insight in some from now on Australia. Wishing you the most wonderful adventures ahead.”

While Martine Croxall added: “Not you too x.”

“Have always been proud to have been a colleague of yours Nick, your writing, insight and authority set the standard for those of us who report on the news. Congratulations on all you’ve achieved with us, & best of luck with new adventures back down under, DR,” penned Dan Roan.

In November, Bill revealed that he “ignored” his cancer symptoms which appeared between six to eight months before he was first diagnosed.

Speaking to Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones on BBC Morning Live, he said: “We were working out the other day; the first symptoms were maybe six months, eight months before I got diagnosed, with aches and pains that didn’t go away.

“And actually there were other warning signs in the previous years as well that I should have paid attention to.”

Bill went on to add: “Men don’t want to go to the doctors, as simple as that.

“I didn’t want to go to the doctor, now I’m going to the doctor all the time, they all know me on a first-name basis.”

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