BBC News reporter Rory Cellan-Jones leaves broadcaster after 40 years

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Tech reporter Rory Cellan-Jones discusses his Parkinson's diagnosis on 'BBC Breakfast'. (Credit: BBC)
Tech reporter Rory Cellan-Jones discusses his Parkinson's diagnosis on 'BBC Breakfast'. (Credit: BBC)

Technology reporter Rory Cellan-Jones has announced he’s leaving the BBC after 40 years.

Cellan-Jones, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, is currently a technology correspondent for the broadcaster, but has confirmed he will be moving on to new projects in the coming months.

Sharing the news on Twitter alongside a photograph of him filming a segment, the 63-year-old wrote: “Some personal news..in late October I shall be leaving the BBC.

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“I’ve had the most fabulous time working with brilliant people, But after 40 years it’s time to move on…”

Starting work as a researcher of Yorkshire’s BBC news programme Look North back in 1981, Cellan-Jones worked his way from behind-the-scenes to on-screen talent.

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After a period as a TV producer, he later became a business reporter on The Money Programme and Working lunch, before moving over into technology.

In 2019, Cellan-Jones was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but it is not known if this had an influence on his decision to leave. 

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As part of the announcement, the journalist shared photographs of his years at the Beeb, including meeting tech juggernaut Elon Musk and pictures with his colleagues.

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On the news, stars including BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty and Dan Walker sent their regards as they celebrated his landmark time in the industry.

Viewers noticed Rory Cellan-Jones' hand was shaking during a broadcast about 5G internet connectivity. (Credit: BBC)
Rory Cellan-Jones presenting on BBC News (BBC)

“I wish you all the best for the future Rory. I love your analysis and insight but, above all that, you are a thoroughly decent bloke. Take care,” wrote Walker.

Munchetty added: “You utterly brilliant man – You will be sorely missed x”

Peter Ruddick, senior broadcast journalist also at BBC Breakfast, said: “This is devastating news. For us at the BBC and for viewers. Rory was one of the first people I interacted with on Twitter as an early adopter.

“I was so proud to join the BBC and then to produce a VT with [Cellan-Jones] sticking computer chips to bees. He is lovely and clever.”

Watch: Rory Cellan-Jones addresses the 2021 Parkinson's Cambridge Cuppa and Cake Meeting

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