ITV newsreader Tom Bradby paid tribute to his friend and colleague Emily Morgan as she was laid to rest following her death from lung cancer.The mothe
The mother-of-two, who passed away on 26 May at the age of 45, was described as a ‘joy’ by Mr Bradby as he addressed the other guests at the service in Gloucestershire.
Mrs Morgan’s funeral service was held on Wednesday at the same church where she married her husband Robert.
As she was laid to rest, Mr Bradby spoke of the ‘epic amounts of laughter’ his friend had brought to his life.
As ITV’s health and science editor, Mrs Morgan played a major role in covering the Covid-19 pandemic for the broadcaster.
Emily Morgan, the health and science editor at ITV News, was laid to rest in a private funeral service on Wednesday following her death from lung cancer at the end of May
As he addressed the funeral guests yesterday, Metro reports Mr Bradby said: ‘Nothing gave me as much joy – few things in my working life have given me as much joy – as watching [Emily] fall in love with Rob and have two wonderful daughters who she talked about constantly and adored.
‘So finally then, what I can really say, is a version of what I said in my tribute on News at Ten to Emily, farewell my friend, we did know you and we really loved you.’
Following Mrs Morgan’s death at the end of May, ITV News paid tribute to their former health and science editor with an extended montage of clips from her reports during her 23 years working for ITN.
It showed her reporting bravely from hospitals at the height of the pandemic, as Mr Bradby narrated.
Tom Bradby (pictured), who had been a friend of Mrs Morgan, spoke of the joy and laughter she had brought to his life
‘If the sheer volume of time spent on Covid wards exposed her to a degree of risk, she was always clear as to why she was doing it,’ he said, followed by a clip of Morgan describing it as her ‘duty’ to report ‘first-hand, on the ground’.
Bradby said that over more than a decade, she reported on health, politics, and much else, and described her as a reporter with ‘style, charisma, compassion, and basic humanity’.
Bradby went on to recall that Morgan started out behind the scenes as a producer.
He worked closely with her for five years at Westminster every day, crossing the globe to shadow successive prime ministers, including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.
He continued: ‘She was brilliant at her job, it’s true, but she was also incredibly funny and completely irreverent.
‘I once persuaded our editor to send us across Canada by train with cameraman Rob Turner to make a film on how the Canadians cut the deficit.
‘Emily referred to this ever afterwards, in front of senior management, as our holiday in Canada with Rob,’ he said.
The broadcaster also spoke of his colleague’s home life.
He said: ‘We watched her fall in love, get married, have two wonderful daughters.
‘She must’ve had her faults, we all do, but we didn’t see them.’
He then finished his tribute with a personal – and touching – sentiment: ‘We are devastated because we really loved her … and if you’d have known her, you would’ve too.’
Chris Ship, royal editor for ITV News, added to the tributes and said his colleague and friend had been ‘full of humanity’.
‘She was such a beautiful person and a dear friend,’ he said. ‘As health editor, Emily was fearless in reporting Covid to the nation in 2020.
He added: ‘Talented, kind, full of humanity. She was 45.’