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Bob Friend To Retire

Sky News’ long-serving presenter Bob Friend has announced he is to retire from presenting.

One of Britain’s best-loved presenters, Bob celebrated his 50th year in journalism in 2003, a year which also saw him receive an MBE for services to broadcasting.

Bob’s final shift on air is on Thursday 23 October. He will partner Vivien Creegor for the last time from 8pm until midnight. Bob collects his MBE on 29 October 2003.

Bob joined Sky News in 1989 and has seen the channel grow in strength to win a number of industry accolades and growing its reputation to become the UK’s most successful 24-hour news channels. With his regular on-screen partner, Anna Botting, the two became one of tv’s most popular news duos.

Nick Pollard, head of Sky News, said: “Bob is a true gent

Updated: Monday 20 October 2003

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