16 May 2019 10:34
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The audience did not know it, but here is Jackie Bird delivering her final headlines and goodbye on her last Reporting Scotland Jackie Bird, the BBC's face of news in Scotland for the past three decades, has left Reporting Scotland. She has been the main face of the BBC Scotland programme since 1989 but fronted her last bulletin at 18:30 on Wednesday night. She left the studio with only a few close colleagues aware that she had presented her final programme. "I'm not leaving the BBC, I'm just vacating the news desk," the presenter said. Ms Bird said she had been fortunate to cover most of the major news stories in Scotland over the past three decades.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Jackie Bird's 30 years with BBC Scotland "I've been privileged to be involved in so many memorable news events, from seismic political changes to reporting live from Afghanistan. "I've presented the programme from Washington to Westminster and last year anchoring from France on the centenary of the Armistice was an honour. Image caption A newspaper announces a new face on the BBC's nightly news programme Image caption Jackie Bird reported from the scene of the Dunblane shootings in 1996 The popular host, who shares Reporting Scotland presenting duties with Sally Magnusson, also fronts many annual Scottish TV events such as Hogmanay, Children in Need and the World Pipe Band contest for the BBC. She said she wanted to have more time to present, write and produce projects outside of news in future. Image caption Covering the story of Scottish devolution in 1997 Image caption The presenter also fronts annual TV events in Scotland including Children in Need BBC Scotland's head of news, Gary Smith, said: "Jackie is one of the most talented and committed journalists I've ever worked with. "As a TV news presenter, she is the ultimate professional, who copes supremely well with whatever comes her way. For many in the newsroom - and the audience across the country - she just IS Reporting Scotland." BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon also paid tribute and said Ms Bird had been a trailblazer for female colleagues at a time when journalism was dominated by men. She said: "I've had the pleasure of working with Jackie for many years now and it's been very reassuring for me and for many of us that she's been at the helm of the country's most watched news programme. "She's a brilliant journalist and multi-talented broadcaster who will, I hope, continue to work with us here at BBC Scotland. "She was an inspiration to many female colleagues particularly during her earlier years when newsrooms were largely dominated by men. Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email She has been the face of BBC Scotland's flagship news programme Reporting Scotland for a generation. This picture of Jackie Bird was on a rare visit to Prestwick two decades ago. The news queen was at the long demolished Centrum Ice Rink in Prestwick for a ladies dinner. Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email We were on high alert for April Fool's stunts across the city this morning – and Glasgow didn't disappoint. College to unveil rooftop swimming pool with stunning views of Glasgow The City of Glasgow College announced exciting new plans to open a jaw-dropping infinity pool on the 11th floor. Te Seba launch a delicious new pasta Glasgow's pasta and prosecco restaurant Te Seba introduced a mouth-watering new spaghetti dish – drenched in a generous swirl of tomato sauce. Glasgow optician launches eye tests for dogs Black & Lizars revealed they had 'teamed up' with a local vet Richard Black to provide eye tests for dogs after he noticed an alarming number of pooches running into chairs, tables and walls. Richard told Glasgow Live: "In the last few months, I've been stunned by the number of dogs I've treated after collisions with household items. Fyre Festival comes to Scotland You've probably heard of the scandal-hit Fyre Festival that never was – a "luxury music event" on a deserted island that descended into chaos and saw fraudster Billy McFarland jailed for six years last October. Jackie Bird beatboxing. Glasgow City Council got it rough over bogus pothole filler video Glasgow City Council teased that they would be fixing potholes blighting city roads with new Pro-O-Filla: A "new fancy type of grit" which doesn't wash away in the rain and glows in the dark. Rory Brennan even suggested that the "fixing potholes" part of the video was a dead giveaway from the council. Loop & Scoop launch ice cream for dogs West end favourite Loop & Scoop unveiled some tasty new ice cream for the four-legged friend in your life in three "pawsome" flavours: Bone Marrow Madness, Lollipup Crunch & Loopy Liver. Is Dippy the Dino the new Duke of Wellington? Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor David McDonald said: "Glaswegians and visitors to our wonderful city have taken Dippy to their hearts. Clearly Dippy feels at home here, so much so he has his very own cone emulating Glasgow's legendary Duke of Wellington statue, which has become a symbol of Glasgow's identity, our unique and much-lauded sense of humour.