Mike Neville (newsreader)

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Mike Neville
Born Michael Neville
(1936-10-17) 17 October 1936 (age 78)
Willington Quay, Northumberland, England

Mike Neville, MBE (born 17 October 1936, Willington Quay, North Tyneside)[1] is a retired British television presenter who worked mainly on regional news programmes in North East England. Over 40 years with the BBC and ITV franchisee Tyne Tees Television, he became an iconic figure in the region and is remembered for his solid presentational style and witty banter. In 1990, Neville was awarded the MBE for services to broadcasting.[2] He lives in Whickham with his wife of 40 years, Pam.

Career[edit]

Mike Neville's roots lay in North East theatre, but the launch of Tyne Tees Television in 1959 offered a new opportunity. Neville began work as a young reporter on the fledgling station in 1962.[3]

He later switched to the rival BBC news programme Look North and fronted the programme for 32 years - the longest serving main anchor of any BBC regional news programme. He also regularly presented the BBC's Nationwide programme during the early 1980s, but turned down offers to move to London, preferring to stay in the North East of England.

Both Neville and George House, as co-presenters of Look North, in the 1960s and 1970s incorporated Geordie into the programme, usually in comedy pieces pointing up the gulf between ordinary Geordies and officials speaking Standard English. They were also responsible for a series of recordings, beginning with Larn Yersel' Geordie, which attempted, not always seriously, to bring the Geordie dialect to the rest of England.

In 1989 Mike was caught by TV prankster Noel Edmonds with a "Gotcha" on his BBC1 programme Noel's Saturday Roadshow. He is tricked into thinking he is filling seven minutes of airtime because there is a technical fault. Mike was easily able to adapt to the situation and stay professional, and was the only local anchor man in the UK to ever receive one.

In 1996, Neville was approached by Tyne Tees Television and offered a chance to return to the commercial station. Tyne Tees offered him his own hour long news programme, North East Tonight with Mike Neville. Neville made the switch back to Tyne Tees, which coincided with a short-lived rebrand from Tyne Tees to Channel 3 North East, and stayed until late 2005 when he underwent an operation to remove a blood clot from his leg. On 5 June 2006, Neville announced that he would be retiring from Tyne Tees after 40 years presenting regional news in the North East. [2]

In song[edit]

Mike Neville is the subject of the song "Mike Neville Said It" written by Jez Lowe and recorded on his 1993 CD "Bede Weeps".[4]

References[edit]

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Mike+Neville+says+goodnight+(+for+now.-a0146666631 http://www.transdiffusion.org/tmc/cityroad/people/mikeneville.php http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2006/jun/05/mikenevillesretirementendo

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