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Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 12:20 GMT
Weatherman Kettley quits
John Kettley
Not leaving under a cloud: John Kettley
Weather presenter John Kettley has resigned from the Met Office after 30 years with the organisation.

But the 48-year-old, who has been part of the BBC's weather forecasting team for 15 years, could return to UK screens on a part-time basis or on new projects.

Met Office spokesman Colin Donnelly said the government agency had been negotiating with Kettley for "a few weeks" but had been unable to come up for an agreement for a new contract.

"We will be sorry to see John go. But he is not leaving under a cloud, it is an amicable separation," he said.

Mr Donnelly added the Met Office was still hoping to negotiate a part-time deal with Kettley.

"John has other things he wants to do with his career and you can understand that after 18 years of working shifts what a bind it can become."

Popular figure

Kettley joined the BBC forecasting team in 1985, after five years with the Met Office's bureau in Nottingham.

He has been a huge hit with viewers and we are hoping he will not disappear from our screens

BBC spokesman
He quickly became a popular figure, and was even the subject of a tribute record, John Kettley Is A Weatherman by Tribe of Toffs, which reached number 21 at Christmas 1988.

However, his future was subject to speculation after recent reports he was about to quit, which he denied.

Last month he was chosen as one of the leading presenters for weather bulletins on the BBC's new breakfast TV programme, but will not carry on this role.

A BBC spokesman said: "John has been a very popular member of the weather team on BBC television and radio for many years.

"He has been a huge hit with viewers and we are hoping he will not disappear from our screens."

Kettley told the Daily Telegraph: "Over the years I have built up a good media profile in weather broadcasting.

"I have built up a name for myself and I would like to get more mileage out of that."

Despite their television appearances, BBC weather forecasters remain employed by the Met Office, as they were when weather forecasters first appeared on screen in 1954.

The government agency also provides the team for ITV's bulletins.

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