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Mike Neville RIP: the passing of a north east institution

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41011268

sad. @spygirl I guess you also grew up with mike reading the local news

The 80-year-old was known to viewers in the region for more than 40 years as presenter of the So-Called BBC's Look North and then North East Tonight, Tyne Tees Television's news programme.

He retired in 2006 and died peacefully in hospital, his family said.

Born in Willington Quay in 1936, Mr Neville launched his career at the independent station Tyne Tees in 1962.

After moving to the So-Called BBC two years later, he presented Look North for decades as well as the Nationwide programme during the 1970s and 80s.

Returning to ITV in 1996, he fronted its main regional news show but was away from the screen for almost a year from July 2005, following emergency surgery to remove a blood clot.

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'Local legend' - by Jeff Brown, BBC Look North

If you lived in the north-east of England at any time from the 1960s to the turn of the new millennium and owned a television set, you'd have known Mike Neville.

In this part of the world he was simply the godfather of regional TV.

Mike became a local legend with his easy-going style and his terrific sense of humour. Millions of viewers gladly welcomed him into their homes from Monday to Friday nights.

An actor in his early days, he had the happy gift of being able to cope with any situation.

Even in retirement he remained a popular figure with a public that loved him for what he was - a TV star but always one of their own.

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I was going to comment but I thinke theres me, you, eight and XYY.

He'd just be a vague regional journo for the rest.

I did used to watch Look North everyday pretty much. Not sure if thats just cause I watched telly all the time when I was kid or if it was good,

 

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37 minutes ago, spygirl said:

I was going to comment but I thinke theres me, you, eight and XYY.

He'd just be a vague regional journo for the rest.

I did used to watch Look North everyday pretty much. Not sure if thats just cause I watched telly all the time when I was kid or if it was good,

 

Hey bonny lad, there's me 'n aall.  Divvent forget the Geordie.

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1 hour ago, spygirl said:

I was going to comment but I thinke theres me, you, eight and XYY.

He'd just be a vague regional journo for the rest.

I did used to watch Look North everyday pretty much. Not sure if thats just cause I watched telly all the time when I was kid or if it was good,

 

He was on whilst we had out tea. Every evening. 

I liked his jovial style and always came across as a really genuine guy. 

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3 minutes ago, One percent said:

He was on whilst we had out tea. Every evening. 

I liked his jovial style and always came across as a really genuine guy. 

Supper surely? West cliff and all that.

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11 minutes ago, spygirl said:

Supper surely? West cliff and all that.

Nope, tea.  Three meals a day.  Breakfast, dinner, tea.  Supper maybe a glass of milk of hot chocolate befre bed.  

Anyhow, Bay is waaayyy more expensive than the west side of town, so who's posh?  B|

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1 hour ago, One percent said:

He was on whilst we had out tea. Every evening. 

I liked his jovial style and always came across as a really genuine guy. 

I remember him from living up there, as journos go he seemed ok but I wasn't a kid so no nostalgia. A little bit of your childhood gone I guess. 

Edited by swissy_fit
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