Jon Snow emotional as he signs off final Channel 4 News broadcast

Jon Snow has bid farewell to viewers, presenting his final broadcast on Channel 4 News after 32 years.

The 74-year-old journalist is the longest-serving presenter in the programme’s history.

His final broadcast was introduced as the ‘end of an era’, with viewers absolutely heartbroken to see him go.

Finishing the programme, he said: ‘I am nothing in this studio without the significant and skilled technical and journalistic teams that, night after night, ensure that Channel 4 News comes to you. The joy of working here is those teams and their skills, technicians and journalists.

‘And thanks to the far-sighted governments, regulators, that have given us an hour of independent news in prime time. Thank you to all the people who have trusted me with their stories, all over the world, often in appalling circumstances. Most of all, I’m so grateful to you at home – yes, you sitting there!

‘It’s not always an easy watch and we don’t always get it right but your hunger to learn more about the world, to hear different voices, to get closer to the truth – it’s been the greatest privilege of my life to bring you the news.

‘Thank you. Stay safe, that’s Channel 4 News. Good evening.’

Channel 4 previously shared a statement, saying he’s leaving to ‘focus on his charities and some of his many passions in life, people’s stories, inequality, Africa, Iran and the arts.’

Tributes have poured in for the star, with Piers Morgan writing: ‘Farewell Snowy ⁦@jonsnowC4⁩ after 32 years at Channel 4 News. You’ve been a consistently brilliant news broadcaster, and aside from the ludicrous ties, and dodgy helmets, a lot of fun too. Congrats on a great run – I’ll miss you!’

Krishnan Guru-Murthy added: ”Can’t quite believe tonight is the last #C4News anchored by @jonsnowC4 – who would require a very long thread to properly do justice to. He’s an extraordinary human being, who’s been there at some of the most amazing moments of history.’

Channel 4 correspondent Minnie Stephenson said: ‘Jon Snow is the star who always makes everyone else feel the like the most important person in the room, that humility and kindness is the magic of Snowbiz! An inspiration to so many of us @Channel4News & beyond, we’ll miss you @jonsnowC4.’

Jon previously said in a statement: ‘I am excited by the many things I want to accomplish but I have to say I have enjoyed every minute of my time with the programme,’ he said in a statement.

‘It has brought me adventure, as well as sorrow in some of the stories that I have had to report and also joy in reporting others, but, above all, it has brought me community in working with the most fantastic group of people who are bound in intellect, humour and understanding.

‘Together, we have forged a wonderful service. I feel proud to have contributed to Channel 4 News, let alone to have anchored the programme for the last 32 years.

‘I’m looking forward to new adventures and new challenges.’

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