Veteran BBC News presenter makes shock statement and says 'it's time'

After more than two decades working at the BBC, a veteran news presenter has announced his exit from the channel. Aaron Heslehurst has presented across all of the BBC television channels, including BBC World News, since being a business news presenter from 2002.

But he announced his exit from the BBC, shocking fans in the process. The Australian journalist worked for Prime Television/Seven Network in Sydney and Canberra before joining the BBC, reports

"I guess it’s time to share something with you," the 57-year-old said, as he issued a statement to X/Twitter which confirmed his exit. "This week will be my very last show at the BBC."

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Aaron revealed he'd spent the past 30 years of being in TV news and 22.5 of them were at the BBC. He said: "After 30 years in TV news and 22.5 of them at the BBC, it’s time to close this chapter! For those who’ve enjoyed my shows over the years, I say THANK YOU. It’s been an honour and a privilege."

Sharing more details about his exit, Aaron said he intends to "pack it in while I'm still walking" but will do the " odd special project here and there" as well as hosting conferences around the world. His colleagues quickly rushed to the comments to share messages of support.

Martin Lewis wrote: "Good luck in your next adventure. Hope it's as successful as the last." BBC News Director Elizabeth Holland said: "Wishing you all the best Aaron, it’s been an honour and a privilege to have worked with you, always such fun. Take care."

And Lead Director of BBC News Richard Murrell echoed: "I have been blessed to work with you across the years. So many programmes, so many laughs - the interview with AI assisted robot Sophia was a real highlight. Good luck to both of you with the next chapter of life."

In a follow-up tweet, Aaron said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. He penned: "With tears in my eyes and hand on heart - I was not expecting (at all) such an outpouring of love and gratitude! "You know, you just do your job day in and day out and never really realise it's impact on people. So, I can't thank you enough. I'll still be here on X so stick with me."