BBC South East weather presenter reveals real reason she left

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KADDY Lee-Preston has revealed the reasons behind her shock departure from the BBC – admitting being dropped from presenting regional magazine show Inside Out convinced her it was time to move on.

And she revealed her cheeky presenting style, loved by viewers, often upset straight-laced BBC bosses.

The bubbly weather presenter stunned viewers when she announced she was quitting three weeks ago.

It brought the curtain down on an 11-year career on weekday news programme BBC South East Today and its morning and evening bulletins.

Speaking to this newspaper this week from her home in Tunbridge Wells, Miss Lee-Preston said she accepted a voluntary redundancy package after further huge cuts at the BBC’s local studios.

She explained: “Weather’s budget had been cut by 50 per cent and voluntary redundancy seemed like the perfect time for me to go and spread my wings.

“I’d been thinking about a move.

“As soon as I stopped doing Inside Out and it changed direction and the presenter, I was then put on the early shift – and I can tell you I am not good in the mornings – and it was not the way I wanted my career to be going.

“Inside Out was amazing and I loved it. The mix of that and weather was great. So when they took Inside Out away I reassessed my position. So it played a big part.”

In a move which surprised many, Miss Lee-Preston was dropped from the show and replaced by newsreader Natalie Graham.

Miss Lee-Preston added: “It was a surprise in one sense, but I’d done if for five or six years which was quite a long time. I couldn’t have chosen a better person than Natalie. That made it easier.”

Now going freelance, the popular presenter says she is holding a number of talks with production companies about presenting roles and programme ideas, splitting her time in Kent with jaunts to London.

She also has plans to do more charity work.

She explained: “People said I was mad to leave such a great job, and there may have been a one per cent doubt, but 99 per cent was pure excitement and that this was the right time to move on.

“What I’m finding now, and what I hoped would happen, is there aren’t enough hours in the day to do the things I want to do now I’ve left.

“I had a lot of fun at the BBC but since then my diary is full with worthwhile things and a sense of a new path to take.

“Sometimes my style didn’t suit the straight nature of the BBC – my style being a little bit cheeky with my broadcasts, and that didn’t always go down well.

“I think overall I caused them a lot of bother and my misbehaving got my boss down a little bit.

“But I have no regrets. I loved it.”

Kaddy Lee-Preston has launched a new website for fans to keep in touch. Visit www.kaddy.tv.

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