FORMER Rhyl journalist Chris Segar is stepping down from his role as presenter of ITV Wales' consumer rights show The Ferret.
Chris, 69, who was raised in Prestatyn and lived in Rhyl for a number of years also working as a reporter for the Rhyl Journal, will be ending his time as The Ferret’s presenter as the last series draws to a close after 376 programmes.
Since The Ferret began in 1996, Chris has helped many hundreds of consumers across Wales to get a fair deal.
He said: “It feels wonderful to be leaving, it was not easy to make the decision but you have to stop somewhere and there’s a sense of relief that comes with that.
"I’ve done a good run but I do hope to make more programmes in the future, just not as frequently and under as much pressure - you can’t work like that forever.”
Chris attended Bodnant school in Prestatyn and Rhyl Grammar School.
He then went on to work as a reporter for the North Wales Press Agency and the Rhyl Journal where his love for investigative reporting grew.
He said: “It was great going out with the photographers and getting to know the public, you get much more information going to see people and I started writing stories from that.”
His career includes working for the Nottingham Evening Post, The Western Mail as well as for the BBC and ITV working in radio, documentaries and investigative films, many of which feature Rhyl and North Wales.
Chris currently lives in Cardiff but still returns to Prestatyn to visit his two nephews.
He said: “I intend to go and spend some time relaxing in my second home in France. I also do a lot of paintings of ‘odd rocks’ so I will have the time to go and seek out more funny looking rocks now.”
You can catch the final episode of The Ferret on ITV Wales on October 25 at 8pm .
On Tuesday, 29 October Chris will be exploring his early life in Prestatyn and career as a newspaper journalist in Time of Your Life.