Louise Minchin: BBC Breakfast host bids farewell to colleague ‘who always cheered me up’

Louise Minchin says her job 'can be really stressful'

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BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin, 52, reacted after Radio 4 newsreader Corrie Corfield, 59, announced that she had “read my last ever news bulletin” earlier this week. The radio broadcaster admitted she felt “teary” since making her exit from the BBC.

Louise offered a touching message on the micro-blogging site as she spoke of their time working together in the newsroom.

In view of her 200,000 Twitter followers, the BBC star praised her former colleague who has retired from broadcasting.

It comes as the former Radio 4 newsreader Corrie, penned: “And that’s that. I’ve read my last ever news bulletin on @BBCRadio4 & said a fond farewell to Continuity.

“What a pleasure and a privilege it’s been. Shall miss my fabulous colleagues hugely but have so many cracking memories to cherish. It’s been a blast. (A bit [teary emoji] right now).”

Louise took the opportunity to wish her colleague well following her exit from the BBC.

“Ahh Corrie take care thank you for being brilliant and all the times you cheered me up in the newsroom xx,” Louise replied.

It didn’t take long for her fellow BBC co-stars to also offer farewell messages to Corrie.

Newsreader Alice Bhandhukravi wrote: “Goodbye Corrie what a loss to the Beeb! Happy new beginnings I hope.”

“I shall miss you and your gorgeous voice. I remember being a News Trainee in the radio newsroom back in the day at Broadcasting House and writing a cue to a piece and you mouthing to Tim Bailey ‘It’s so boring.’ And you were right … good luck with the next chapter,” Rebecca Jones tweeted.

Jeremy Bowen added: “Good luck Corrie. I must be the oldest one left. Seems like last week when we were the youngest. Congratulations on a brilliant career. You’ve been one of the great voices of the BBC and millions will miss listening to you. Me included.”

Corrie is a radio broadcaster and producer known especially for her news reading and continuity announcements on BBC Radio 4.

She first joined the corporation in 1983 but has since announced her departure after more than 30 years at the BBC.


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Meanwhile, Louise has had more reason to celebrate after her co-star Sally Nugent won big at the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards 2021, which took place in a virtual ceremony last night.

The star collected The Scoop of the Year Award for her work on BBC Breakfast’s interview with Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford about his experience of growing up in poverty.

Taking to Twitter, Louise retweeted a post from the award ceremony’s official account.

It read: “The Scoop of the Year Award goes to @BBCBreakfast who showed ‘great contact building, perseverance, diplomacy and a clear eye for a story’ with their ‘Free School Meals’ report for @BBCOne #RTSAwards.”

Louise wrote: “I am so proud of this Award for @BBCBreakfast from @RTS_media it is down especially to @sallynugent and @ClaireRyanSport #scoopoftheyear #RTSAwards.”

Viewers offered congratulatory messages, as one wrote: “You get my vote everytime.”

Another commented: “Congrats to everyone on the @BBCBreakfast team.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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