Martine Croxall said it was the ‘greatest privilege’ to have broadcasted on the BBC News channel as she presented her final bulletin on Friday afternoon.
The host is among a number of newsreaders who have been axed from the channel as BBC News and BBC World News prepare to merge from Monday.
In a video uploaded to Twitter, Martine thanked viewers as she bid farewell. ‘As you probably know, a single news operation will be with you from Monday,’ she said.
‘This is me signing off from the BBC News Channel in its current iteration from my happy place, Studio E.
‘It has been the greatest privilege to broadcast to you from here all this time. Thank you for joining us.’
Although it’s not yet been announced where and when viewers can expect to see Martine again, she is still employed by the BBC and teased audiences to ‘watch this space’.
Many expressed their thanks to Martine and wished her the best of luck with her future endeavours as they reacted to her video online.
One wrote: ‘It has been a treat to listen to you. You are the consummate professional and a brilliant broadcaster.
‘I hope that you will continue to present news bulletins after the new channel launches. However, whatever you do I wish you every success in the future.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another said: ‘Really enjoyed your bulletins, Martine, full of verve and sparkle and, when needed, solemnity and sympathy. Hope that whatever you do next, we’ll be able to tune in.’
It was announced last July BBC News and BBC World News would merge to create a single 24-hour TV channel.
The cuts are part of measures to save money after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced the licence fee will be frozen for the next two years.
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