ITV news have said Alastair Stewart, 67, is no longer a part of the team due to “errors of misjudgement in Alastair’s use of social media”. The veteran broadcaster has now said in a statement: “It was a misjudgement which I regret but it’s been a privilege to bring the news to households throughout the UK for the past 40 years.”
Michael Jermey, Director of News and Current Affairs at ITV has said: “Alastair has been a long-standing, familiar figure to viewers of ITV News, both reporting and presenting with distinction.
“We wish him the very best for the future.”
ITN’s Chief Executive Anna Mallett added: “We would like to recognise Alastair’s contribution as one of the UK’s foremost journalists and TV presenters and to thank him for his commitment to delivering high-quality broadcast news over many years.”
It is currently unknown which errors the news anchor is said to have made on social media.
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He had been a main newsreader on the show for more than 35 years.
The presenter was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting and charity in 2006.
Recently, he has worked as a part-time freelance presenter and mainly fronted the lunchtime news and weekend programmes.
Following the news of his departure, many Twitter users including his colleague Mary Nightingale.