1. ITV Report

Funeral of broadcasting legend Mike Neville

Mike Neville was a much-loved presenter and personality. Credit: ITV News

Mourners gathered at a church in Gateshead on Tuesday afternoon for the funeral of former Tyne Tees and Look North presenter Mike Neville.

Mike died peacefully in hospital on Wednesday September 6th.

Mike Neville will be fondly remembered. Credit: ITV News

People from across the region have paid tribute to Mike, including former colleagues, some of whom described him as 'the best in the business'.

Mourners gather at St Mary's Church, Whickham. Credit: ITV News

Mike was born in Willington Quay, North Tyneside, on 17th Oct in 1936.

Mike Neville presenting North East Tonight in 2005. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Mike described himself as 'a true Geordie'; born a stone's throw from the River Tyne. Mike started his career, not in the studio, but on the stage. The young actor made the move to Tyne Tees in 1962, just three years after the station went on air, working first as a continuity announcer.

Mike left Tyne Tees to join the BBC in Newcastle two years later, becoming the face of the nightly news programme, Look North. By now, North East viewers had taken Mike to their hearts, and he also enjoyed national fame, appearing on the magazine show Nationwide. Even so, Mike chose not to make a permanent move to London, remaining instead in the region he knew and loved.

In 1996, Mike left the BBC and returned to where his broadcasting career had begun, at Tyne Tees Television.

More on this story