Simon McCoy signs off from BBC News clutching a ream of printer paper

Tom Horton, PA
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Simon McCoy has signed off from BBC News clutching a ream of printer paper.

The journalist, who is leaving to move to new channel GB News, was referencing a previous incident in which he accidentally began a report clutching a pack of A4 sheets instead of his usual iPad.

His BBC News colleagues paid tribute to him during his final shift on Thursday,

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Addressing viewers at the end of his last appearance on screen for the BBC, he said: “Do you know, we have a fantastic job. We meet some amazing people.”

He added: “It’s a remarkable place and we have put the audience first and I think that’s been really important.”

McCoy was shown a highlight reel from his 18-year stint with the broadcaster, which included him unenthusiastically reporting on surfing dogs and him telling viewers that nothing was happening outside the hospital before Prince George’s birth.

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After the clip aired, he said: “It’s the nature of this business, you are remembered for things like that.

“I will be remembered for surfing dogs, this [pack of paper], standing outside the wretched hospital talking about something that wasn’t news.”