Mike Neville: Absolute Legend

Mike Neville: Absolute Legend

Update to post: Sadly, Mike Neville, the face of broadcasting in the North East of England has died peacefully in hospital, aged 80.

Born in Willington Quay in 1936, Mr Neville launched his career at the independent station Tyne Tees in 1962.

After moving to the BBC two years later, he presented Look North for decades as well as the Nationwide programme during the 1970s and 80s.

Returning to ITV in 1996, he fronted its main regional news show but was away from the screen for almost a year from July 2005, following emergency surgery to remove a blood clot.


Mike Neville MBE (1936 – 2017) was the face of North East News on both Look North (BBC North East and Cumbria) and Tyne Tees (ITV). He was a friendly face that I grew up with, he could be serious and then be very witty; he is an absolute legend. Radio Tyneside interviewed Mike at his home on the 16th October 2016, a day before his 80th Birthday.

Mike Neville, for over 30 years, presented Look North on BBC tv as well as working for itv. In 2016 he turned 80 years old and in this programme he talks to Dave Nicholson about his life and chooses some of his favourite music. As well, a number of his former colleagues remember working with him including Pam Royle, Bob Johnson and BBC newsreader Nicholas Owen.



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