25 years on our screens, the BBC's longest serving regional weather
forecaster, Craig Rich, has announced his retirement.
His place on the BBC's Spotlight programme has been taken by high
profile national forecaster David Braine.
joined Spotlight early in 2002 and has been sharing presenting duties
with Craig ever since.
Craig first joined the programme in 1978 and was the BBC's first
regional weather forecaster.
uses computers to predict the weather
what has been his 25th year on the programme, Craig has gradually
eased back on his presenting in preparation for his retirement.
"This is not a sudden departure, it's been in my mind for some
time," said Craig.
"I've always said when I got the weather right I would give
up. So I must have got one right at last."
Craig went on: "I have had 25 years on Spotlight which has
seriously changed my life.
have been here for many of the historic stories of the past three
decades including the Fastnet Race tragedy in 1979 and the Penlee
disaster in 1981.
days: a younger looking Craig
highlights included interviewing the Princess Royal on HMS Nottingham
at the start of the Tall Ships Race, and a programme from Ypres
on the 80th anniversary of the Armistice.
known David for a few years and he’s exactly the right person to
join the team," added Craig.
"I am going to spend most of the winter in Cape Town and much
of the summer on my boat or playing golf. I may even do a bit of
work in between," said Craig.
But Craig won't be disappearing from our screens for good. He'll
continue to pop up on Spotlight from time to time as the programme's
holiday relief forecaster.
has contributed to a number of other BBC programmes, particularly
where the sea and weather are involved.
In the early 1980s, he presented That's Rich, a late evening series
of local programmes, and has for many years also produced and presented
regular programmes for BBC Radio Devon.
Braine is returning to his Westcountry roots
South West pulled off a coup in persuading national forecaster David
Braine to return to his Westcountry roots.
said: "It is a great challenge to work with the Spotlight team,
I’ve watched and admired the programme over many years.
"I’ve always longed to return to the South West and my maritime