Tony Morris dead: ITV Granada Reports presenter dies at 57 after battle with kidney cancer


Tony Morris, presenter of ITV Granada Reports, has passed away.The 57-year-old, who presented the broadcaster’s regional news in the Northwest, died in hospital on Saturday.

He was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year.

His daughters Natalie and Rebecca were by his side at the hospital.

Tributes poured in for the highly regarded journalist.

His 17-year-old co-host Lucy Meacock said: “He was without a doubt one of the most humble, kind and funny people I have ever met, and he often made me laugh until my sides hurt me. ”

She added, “I am so, very sad and my heart goes out to her daughters Nat and Becky. A smile from Tony Morris has always brightened everyone’s day and has certainly brightened up the entire Northwest for 17 years. “

Tony died after battle with kidney cancer

Lucy went on to describe her former presentation partner as a “great watcher of people and a great listener”.

She said these traits made him a “wonderful interviewer and first-class reporter.”

“He would always be respectful, but he always won over the best interviews with people and never shied away from a direct question,” she added.

Tony broke barriers during his career at Granada Reports.

He helped it become the first regional news program to win a BAFTA thanks to its 2007 coverage, alongside Lucy, of the Morecambe Bay Cockle Picking tragedy.

They won the 2007 News Coverage Award.

The program won a second BAFTA in 2013 for its coverage of the Independent Panel on the Hillsborough Disaster.

Lucy West, head of news in Granada, said a special program will be broadcast at 6 p.m. tonight to pay tribute to Tony and remember his incredible career.

She said: “Tony was a remarkable man; above all, he was an amazing father to his two daughters and our hearts go out to his family.

Tony presented Granada Reports alongside Lucy Meacock for 17 years

“A brilliant presenter and journalist who could disarm even the most difficult of guests. Tony guided our viewers through some of the darker days, but he was always able to offer a little solace and warmth. ”

She added: “Tony lifted people up, he was full of fun, wherever he was there was laughter and of course his amazing smile. He was loved by all, he will be missed as a team, he will be missed by viewers. a huge gap in all of our lives and we will never forget it. ”

Tony grew up in Portsmouth, Hampshire, where he spent much of his childhood in foster care.

He joined the RAF after leaving school and told friends that growing up as the only black child in a difficult field and joining the armed forces taught him resilience.

Friends also said it gave Tony great empathy and insight.

After leaving the RAF, Tony, a lifelong music enthusiast, began working at the BBC as a local radio intern.

His television career was kicked off when a news reader couldn’t get into the studio, and Tony, then a producer, stepped in to deliver the news at short notice.

He then reported and presented regional and national news programs for the BBC, before moving to Granada in 2003, where he had an immediate impact with his colleagues and viewers.

Tony helped the program win awards

Tony covered many important stories during his time in Granada, including the aftermath of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing and the release of the Kirkup report on infant deaths at Furness General Hospital.

Tony has also hosted a few editions of Grenada’s From The North podcast.

And last year he was selected by the Royal Television Society in the Nations and Regions Presenter of the Year category.

Tony was also a busy man away from the newsroom. He was a diversity champion for ITV and worked closely with a number of charities to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Michael Jermey, Director of News and Current Affairs at ITV, also paid tribute.

He said: “Tony was a great presenter with an instinctive understanding of what would interest his audience. He will be sadly missed by all who enjoyed working with him so much and by viewers who appreciate his warmth, incisive questioning and dry sense of humor. . Tony’s death is a great loss for the dissemination of information. ”


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