Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Roger Johnson leaves BBC South Today for Manchester

Roger Johnson is leaving BBC's regional TV news programme, BBC South Today, to present North West Tonight.

Roger, 41, has been a familiar face to viewers in the south of England since 1997 and previously worked on BBC Radio Solent's sport output.

He replaces Gordon Burns who announced in April that he is to leave North West Tonight after nearly 15 years.

Roger said: "I'm sad to leave some great colleagues and a wonderful place to work."

As a sports presenter he has covered stories including Ellen MacArthur's circumnavigations and Portsmouth and Southampton reaching FA Cup finals.

Roger has also worked for BBC Sport - as a reporter for Final Score and commentator on Match of Day. He was based in Johannesburg with BBC Sport at the 2010 World Cup.

He has won, or been nominated for, several national and regional Royal Television Society Awards - including winning the best Regional Sports Presenter/Commentator category at the 2002 National Sports Awards.

BBC South head of region Jason Horton said: "Roger has been a massive part of the programme for 14 years. He is one of the most talented broadcasters in BBC regional news and he very much deserves his new role at North West Tonight."

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