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BBC Look East reporter Kim Riley retires after almost four decades

BBC Look East’s veteran reporter Kim Riley has retired after almost 40 years in the job.

The 70-year-old, from Mellis, Suffolk , delivered his final broadcast last week, when he spoke to a group of construction workers in Bircham Newton.

“I have been very lucky and have had an absolutely brilliant time,” said the father-of-three, as he reflected on his 38 years with the programme.

Kim Riley joined BBC Look East in 1982. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.
Kim Riley joined BBC Look East in 1982. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.

“I was recently talking about the lovely people I have worked with down the years and I’ll admit I did get a bit tearful.”

The Brighton-born journalist began his career at the Falmouth Packet weekly newspaper in Cornwall, before switching to broadcasting in 1979 when he took a role at BBC Radio Brighton.

Three years later, he moved to BBC Look East, where he remained for the rest of his career, becoming a familiar face on the small screen across the East of England.

In his time with the news provider, the grandfather-of-two covered some of the biggest stories regionally and nationally, from the death of Princess Diana in 1997 to the Soham murders in 2002.

“It was a hell of an experience and is something that has stayed with me,” said Mr Riley, speaking of his coverage of Ian Huntley’s trial for the murder of 10-year-old schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

“There were some really dramatic moments in it – I had to paint what was happening without being too grim about it.”

He now plans to spend his retirement travelling with his wife, crime author Mary-Jane Riley, who is in her 60s.

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