A presenter broke down in tears during her final bulletin on Look East after working at the BBC for 40 years.

Louise Priest is a familiar face to all those who live in the region after presenting both the breakfast and lunchtime headlines on BBC Look East. 

Priest first joined the BBC in 1983 and her first role in the area was on BBC Radio Norfolk. 

But she has now opened up about the toll of the 4am starts, which is one of the reasons she has left the corporation.

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East Anglian Daily Times: Mike Liggins is also leaving the BBCMike Liggins is also leaving the BBC (Image: Ian Burt)

Speaking through tears, she told the audience: "I'd just like to say how much I've enjoyed bringing the news to you.

"Thank you for keeping me company over the years and don't forget Look East is here at 6.30."

Priest had previously said she was "slightly nervous about life after the BBC" but "felt the time was right".

The presenter's exit has come just after BBC Look East presenter Mike Liggins announced he was leaving after 35 years with the broadcaster.