Popular weathergirl Kaddy Lee-Preston leaves South East Today
17:17 04 April 2012
BBC remaining tight-lipped over her departure
Popular BBC weathergirl and presenter Kaddy Lee-Preston has surprised viewers by quietly leaving her post after more than 10 years.
Her departure was announced at the end of the 6.30pm news on March 30, but Miss Lee-Preston and the BBC are remaining tight-lipped about the reason for her exit.
A BBC spokeswoman said the corporation wished her all the best for the future.
Miss Lee-Preston, a fully qualified weather forecaster, was one of the first members of the South East Today team, which launched in September 2001.
While her primary role was forecasting, she later became a presenter on the popular Inside Out show, something she described as a “dream come true”.
“It means I can spend the half of the week when I’m not doing the weather for South East Today filming stories that are important to our region,” she said.
A BBC source told KoS the 34-year-old’s departure had come as a shock and little was known about why she left.
“Had it been amicable I’m sure more would have been made of it,” they said.
“It’s very odd. Nothing has been said about why she left.”
Friends and colleagues paid tribute to the bubbly weather girl, who was well known across the county, not only for her TV work, but also for her charity expeditions, such as her cycle ride across the Andes for Macmillan.
BBC weatherman Michael Fish bid farewell to Miss Lee-Preston on her Facebook page, along with hundreds of other well-wishers.
“And I thought I was going to retire again and now I have all your shifts! Good luck,” Mr Fish wrote.
Before joining the BBC, Miss Lee-Preston studied meteorology at Reading University and went on to join the Met Office.
She worked on various forecasting jobs, including for Harrier planes at an RAF base and for horse and pigeon racing competitions, before joining South East Today.