Alastair’s departure leaves Tom Bradby as the only male ITV newsreader. Nina Hossain, Mary Nightingale, Julie Etchingham, Charlene White, Ranvir Singh, Kylie Pentelow and Lucrezia Molinari all present the main bulletins. I make that 1 male, 7 women women who regularly present (not including the more random stand in appearances from Chris Ship etc). Will ITV be looking for a new male newsreader I wonder?
A reflection perhaps on why Alastair perhaps isn’t the ‘right fit’ for where ITN want to go. There reputation on the gender pay gap was slated. Not to mention the fact that ITN don’t need Al, they’ve got Tom and Julie as their flagship duo - you only have to look at election coverage in the last decade to see ITN have not wanted him involved. Alastair might have signed a new contract for this year but I’ve heard he also was quite expensive, perhaps ITN had a change of thought and this Tweet, along with his conduct on the site before hand, was an easy way for them to part ways with Alastair even if it seems like a knee jerk reaction.
I think it’s fair to say that Alastair’s involvement with ITV News was going to end in the not too distance and this Tweet has just turbo charged the process forward.