ITV Granada Reports presenter Tony Morris dies aged 57

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by Josh Peachey

Tony Morris, the presenter of Granada Reports, ITV's regional news programme in the North West, has died at the age of 57.

Tony died at Bury Hospice on Saturday after being diagnosed with kidney cancer last year. He had presented Granada Reports for 17 years and only stopped appearing on air a few weeks ago.

Lucy Meacock, his co-presenter throughout his time at Granada Reports, said: “He was, without doubt, one of the most humble, kind and funny people I have ever met, and he would often make me laugh till my sides ached."

He helped Granada Reports become the first regional news programme to win a BAFTA, presenting with Lucy the 2007 News Coverage winner about the Morecambe Bay Cockle Picking tragedy.

A second BAFTA followed in 2013 for coverage of the Independent Panel into the Hillsborough Disaster. 

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Tony grew up in Portsmouth in Hampshire, spending much of his childhood in foster care. After leaving school, he served in the RAF.

After leaving the RAF, Tony’s love for music meant that he ended up at the BBC as a local radio trainee.

From there he went on to report and present on BBC national and regional news programmes.

Tony joined Granada from the BBC's North West Tonight in 2003 and made an immediate impact with his new colleagues and Granada’s viewers.

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Michael Jermey, Director of News and Current Affairs, ITV, said: "Tony was a great presenter with an instinctive understanding of what would interest his audience. He will be missed enormously by everyone who so enjoyed working with him and by viewers who appreciated his warmth, his incisive questioning and his dry sense of humour. Tony’s death is a great loss to news broadcasting."

Granada's Head of News Lucy West has confirmed there will be a special programme at 6pm tonight (Monday) to remember Tony and pay tribute to him.

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