BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration confirms his retirement

Harry Gration, the veteran presenter of regional news programme Look North is to retire amid local news cutbacks.

Pictured BBC Look North Presenters Harry Gration (right) and Amy Garcia. Picture: James Hardisty/JPIMedia

The Look North news presenter, who has spent 42 years in broadcasting, will leave the show on Wednesday 21 October.

The Bradford-born news veteran told The Yorkshire Post: “It’s been quite a traumatic day you could say.

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"I’m incredibly sad, I’ve been very emotional about it.

"It’s been a very difficult time to be honest, when you have done what I’ve done for so long - to suddenly realise that you are going to wake up in the morning and not be going to work".

The announcement follows on from BBC cutbacks, announced in July, that will see Look North reduced to a single presenter and fewer hosts on local radio stations.

A full exclusive interview with Harry Gration will follow later today.

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