Jon Snow retires from Channel 4 News as he hosted his last show after 32 years

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Jon Snow retires from Channel 4 News as he hosted his last show after 32 years
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Jon Snow has presented his last Channel 4 News at 7pm on Friday as he retired just days before Christmas.

The presenter, 74, first announced he would be retiring in April and his last show was on December 23 after a remarkable 32 years.

Ending the show, he said: “I am nothing in this studio without the significant and skilled technical and journalistic teams that, night after night, ensure that Channel 4 News comes to you. The joy of working here is those teams and their skills, technicians and journalists.

“And thanks to the far-sighted governments, regulators, that have given us an hour of independent news in prime time. Thank you to all the people who have trusted me with their stories, all over the world, often in appalling circumstances. Most of all, I’m so grateful to you at home – yes, you sitting there!

“It’s not always an easy watch and we don’t always get it right but your hunger to learn more about the world, to hear different voices, to get closer to the truth – it’s been the greatest privilege of my life to bring you the news.

“Thank you. Stay safe, that’s Channel 4 News. Good evening.”

He told BBC Radio 4’s Media Show last week leaving the show was like “leaving a marriage”.

“You’re all interdependent in so many ways in the workplace, and you see each other day after day, week after week, year after year,” he said.

“Obviously it’s a big wrench.”

His job at Channel 4 has flown him all over the world to report on stories including the release of Nelson Mandela.

During his time on the show, the programme has won 10 Bafta TV Awards.

He has a number of awards to his belt - having received Bafta’s Richard Dimbleby Award for the best factual contribution to television in 2005 and the Bafta Fellowship.

Tributes flooded social media as the star stepped down from his role.

Channel 4 led the way as they took a look back at his highlights during his high-flying career.

It read: “Today marks the end of an era at Channel 4 News, as @jonsnowC4 will present his final edition of the programme tonight at 7pm.

“Here’s a look back at his remarkable 32-year career presenting the show from around the world.”

Among the comments from fans, people wrote: “Jon Snow. Absolute LEGEND. @jonsnowC4.”

“What a lovely send off for Jon Snow on this evening’s @Channel4News. This end caption says it all!”

“A legend retires. Treated his crew as if they were his own children. #JonSnow.”

Earlier this year, he became a dad again with his wife Precious Lunga welcoming a baby boy.

“In our desire to seal our now 11 years of marriage with a baby, my wife suffered numerous medical setbacks and miscarriages,” he said

“Consequently, we will always be deeply grateful to our surrogate who carried our embryo to term.

“Amid these challenging times, we feel doubly blessed to be able to celebrate our good fortune.”

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