BBC presenter quits role after 18 years as they announce move to ITV

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Alex Lovell has decided to leave her role at the BBC as she is set to join rival station ITV at the end of the year.

The 50-year-old has been part of BBC Points West, a regional programme for the West of England, since 2005.

However, after 18 years of reading the news bulletins, Alex revealed she’ll be moving from the BBC in November.

Taking to Instagram, the presenter shared a photo alongside Sabet ‘Seb’ Choudhury who she’ll be joining as co-host of ITV’s Westcountry.

She wrote: “After 18 years presenting BBC Points West I have taken the huge decision to leave at the end of November.

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“Thank you to all my amazing colleagues and lovely viewers for all the love, laughs and tears – we’ve shared it all haven’t we?

“I am super excited to be joining @itvwestcountry in December and I will be in the studio with my lovely friend @Sebchoudhury in January.”

It wasn’t long before people flocked to comment on Alex’s move with many thrilled that she’ll be joining ITV.

ITV News’ Ian Axton tweeted: “Really delighted that @alexlovelltv will be joining @itvwestcountry from January to present our programmes alongside @Sebchoudhury. What a team!”

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@richardpayneitv said: “Welcome @alexlovelltv and, may I say, good choice. Congratulations! Look forward to working with you. @itvwestcountry.”

With @doctorshaib adding: “OMG, Alex! Thank you for looking after the SW. Many people tell me yourself, @DavidGarmston and @bbcpointswest did a great job during the SARS-COV-2 pandemic keeping the viewers informed and reassured. Wishing you well.”

Her new co-host Seb also commented on Alex’s announcement as he retweeted: “Well this could be fun.”

The duo will be reunited as they had previously presented together on the BBC before Seb decided to leave last year after 17 years.

Speaking about Alex’s exit, a spokesperson for the BBC had nothing but praise for the presenter.

They told the Metro: “We’d like to thank her for all she has done for the BBC over the last two decades.

“She’s a natural at what she does, and we wish her luck for the future.”

BBC West Point is available on BBC iPlayer.

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