Former BBC presenter lands job on ITV

David Whiteley. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

David Whiteley. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A former favourite of the BBC will be returning to television screens later this year after landing a job on rivals ITV.

David Whiteley left the Look East newsroom last year after Inside Out, the programme he was best known for, was cancelled in a BBC shake-up.

After his departure, the popular presenter said he was "overwhelmed" with the outpouring of support he received from viewers.

Star Wars superfan David Whiteley.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Star Wars superfan David Whiteley. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

However, his time away from the living rooms of Norfolk will be short-lived, after it was revealed he has now done the television equivalent of crossing the floor and joined ITV.

Posting on Twitter, Mr Whiteley announced that he will become a part of the ITV Anglia team from June 1.

He said: "I am thrilled to be joining ITV News. Team Anglia have [sic] already made me feel very welcome.

"I'll be co-presenting the evening news with the fabulous presenter and journalist Becky Jago.

Becky Jago.

Becky Jago. - Credit: Archant

"Jonathan Wills is a very tough act to follow and I wish him the very best in his role.

"It's a real privilege to be part of a brilliant team, broadcasting to the region where I've lived and worked all my life."

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He added: "I'm very excited to be working with such a dedicated and highly professional team, who really care about the region."

Jonathan Wills

Jonathan Wills is leaving ITV Anglia News after 13 years. - Credit: ITV Anglia

Mr Wills, who leaves on the role on Friday, May 28, to return to his home in Jersey, posted a video on his Twitter account wishing his successor luck.

He said: "A massive congratulations to David. You will have an absolute ball of a time, I know I have done since I first sat down in that seat in 2008."

He went in to promise "a fun-filled programme" when he gives his last broadcast.

He said: "I think that is what everyone needs after the year we've had - no tears, just fun.

"But for now, this is all about David. Congratulations, brilliant."

Mr Whiteley responded saying he was "lost for words", describing Mr Wills as a "tough act to follow" and "a huge loss to the region".

He added:" I will do my absolute best to fly the flag as you have."