Tony Morris, the longstanding presenter of ITV’s North West news programme Granada Reports, has died aged 57.He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2019 and died at Bury Hospice on Saturday
Prior to joining Granada Reports in 2003, Morris worked on the BBC’s North West Tonight. He also hosted BBC Two’s late-night comedy show Blouse and Skirt which helped give wider exposure to black comedians such as Felix Dexter and Gina Yashere. Morris presented the Granada Reports for 17 years until July 2020
Co-presenter Lucy Meacock, who worked alongside Morris on the show, said he “brightened up the whole of the North West for 17 years”. “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,” she said.
During his career, Morris helped Granada Reports become the first regional news programme to win a Bafta, for his and Meacock’s coverage of the Morecambe Bay Cockle Picking tragedy,
They achieved the feat again in 2013, for their reporting of the Independent Panel into the Hillsborough Disaster.