You’ve probably never heard of him but this was the newsreader/presenter/anchorman in my region. He was ubiquitous.
Everyone of a certain age will remember the Larn Yersel’ Geordie broadcasts where, often with a glint in the eye, the pair mocked standard English and had fun speaking how real people in the region spoke.
When I moved up to the North East as a student, Mike Neville probably was the man I larned geordie from, just because he was on the telly so much
He had his own show with his name in it - North East Tonight With Mike Neville - and anyone who saw the programme would realise he still had what it takes.
This time his stint would last for ten years during which the programme won awards - including the World Service Medal in New York for “Best News Magazine Programme” - and Mike himself was given a “Unique Achievement” award from the Royal Television Society recognition of 40 years as a daily television presenter.
the musician Jez Lowe wrote and recorded the song “Mike Neville Said It (So It Must Be True).