ATV, Central and BBC reporter Len Tingle dies aged 63

Former ATV News reporter Len Tingle has passed away.

“We are all very sad to hear our friend and Look North colleague Len Tingle has died aged 63. I was so lucky to share the red sofa with him many times and loved hearing his stories from his early days reporting for ATV and Central TV. Lovely, lovely man.” – Ian White, Look North presenter and reporter

Len began his television broadcasting career with ATV in the Midlands where he reported for news shows ATV News Desk and ATV Today. In 1982 he remained with ITV in the Midlands as it relaunched itself as Central Television reporting on political matters for the station as well as reporting and hosting politics review series’ Central Lobby and Left, Right and Centre. He also was an expert voice on debate series Central Weekend as well as co-host on a number of political based Central News Special programmes. Tingle stayed with the Midland broadcaster until 1989.

The ATV Today newsroom in 1980.

His departure from regional ITV news programming saw him take up a position with the BBC in London as a business reporter and presenter. He relocated to the Yorkshire division of the corporation in 2001 taking up the role of Political Editor for the region. In this position, BBC One Yorkshire viewers saw Len appearing regularly on Leeds-based news programme Look North and the local Sunday Politics output.

The BBC announced that Len Tingle had died aged 63 following a year-long battle with stomach cancer. Len, a married father-of-two died in a local hospice on Tuesday (April 10th). The presenter was from Cudworth near Barnsley, however, spent his later years living in Huddersfield.

“As a colleague he was kind, honest and always ready to help others, as a political journalist he was passionate in the pursuit of the real story. For many he made sense of the changing political landscape in Yorkshire and it’s a tribute to him that so many politicians of today and yesterday saw him as journalist they could trust in good times and in bad.” – Helen Thomas, head of BBC Yorkshire speaking to BBC News

Central News launched on January 1st, 1982 and is still running today.
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