Stewart leaves ITN over social media ‘errors’

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ITV News speaker Alastair Stewart is stepping down from his function following what ITN called “mistakes of judgment in Alastair’s usage of social networks”.

In a declaration, the veteran broadcaster, 67, stated: “It was a misjudgement which I are sorry for.”

ITN stated he had actually breached editorial standards, however did not elaborate on the factors for his departure.

He included: “It’s been an opportunity to bring the news to families throughout the UK for the previous 40 years.”

Stewart signed up with ITV in 1980 and started fronting News at Ten 9 years later on.

The newsreader’s Twitter account has actually now been shut down.

ITV speaker Julie Etchingham composed on Twitter : “So unfortunate to discover this – we have actually dealt with lots of huge stories together &&Al is a relied on buddy and guide to a number of us.”

Fellow newsreader Mary Nightingale included that she was “really unfortunate” about his departure.

Michael Jermey, ITV director of news and existing affairs, stated in a declaration: “Alastair has actually been an enduring, familiar figure to audiences of ITV News, both reporting and providing with difference. We want him the best for the future.”

ITN’s president Anna Mallett included: “We want to identify Alastair’s contribution as one of the UK’s primary reporters and TELEVISION speakers and to thank him for his dedication to providing top quality broadcast news over several years.”

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Image caption Stewart moderated the UK’s very first telecasted basic election leaders’ argument in 2010

A profession on cam

Stewart, from Hampshire, signed up with ITN as commercial reporter in 1980.

He likewise acted as a foreign reporter, and was sent out to Washington in 1990 and after that to Saudi Arabia, from where he anchored ITV’s news protection of the very first Gulf War for 2 months.

Behind the news desk, he hosted ITV’s lunch break and early night news, in addition to News At Ten and Channel 4 News. His other programs consisted of the long-running Police, Camera, Action!, which was used cops video footage of harmful driving.

Stewart was called speaker of the year by the Royal Television Society in 2005, and was granted an OBE the list below year.

He typically anchored ITV’s protection of elections and royal wedding events, and in 2010 he moderated the UK’s first-ever televised basic election leaders’ dispute, in between David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg.

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