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Alastair Stewart to leave ITV News.

(January 2020)

MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
chris posted:

But it’s not good enough just to say your views are your own. If Robert Peston tweeted he was voting Labour under the caveat “views are my own”, would that be okay?

ITN has strict guidelines about social media use and they were breached by Alastair on multiple occasions. Better to act sooner rather than wait for it to really get out of hand and be criticised for doing nothing.


He tweeted an awful lot, and I can't say I've read every tweet, but I don't recall him ever making a partisan comment, either directly or implied. Plenty of opinions about sport, but that's not important or relevant is it ?
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
I very much admire Alistair and have interacted with him a few times, including on Twitter. However I have to admit there have been a few times I've raised an eyebrow at some of his tweets about news events. He has been more opinionated than I would expect of someone with ITN in their username.
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Jon Central (West) Midlands Today
I very much admire Alistair and have interacted with him a few times, including on Twitter. However I have to admit there have been a few times I've raised an eyebrow at some of his tweets about news events. He has been more opinionated than I would expect of someone with ITN in their username.

I think the question is, have ITN had discussions about his conduct before with him? Some responsibility lies with ITN if some of his interactions in the past which have supposedly caused his resignation have gone unchallenged. I think it’s very clear the ‘ape’ tweet is the one they got rid of him of for as all the other questionable interactions seemed to have been ignored until now.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
The Mirror quotes an ITN insider:

Quote:
"Alastair was already drinking in the last chance saloon over his social media comments and this was simply the final straw. This is not about one Tweet that has become public, but multiple breaches. It's a real shame.'

They added: 'This is not the first time he's been spoken to about the way he conducts himself on social media. The suggestion that he's lost his job over one Tweet is simply wrong.'
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Luke
Cando posted:



ITN coming across really badly in this - just no need for that statement. I've followed him on Twitter for years and never seen anything questionable.


You know better than his employers and their HR dept.
Their silence has led to a Twitter pile-on though, yes. Which is regrettable.
(That’s not a statement either, it’s an off the record ‘source’.)
I notice the likes of Krish and Jon Snow have reined in their tweets big time, so clearly ITV and Channel 4 were cracking down in the wake of the 2019 election
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Luke posted:

You know better than his employers and their HR dept.
Their silence has led to a Twitter pile-on though, yes. Which is regrettable.
(That’s not a statement either, it’s an off the record ‘source’.)
I notice the likes of Krish and Jon Snow have reined in their tweets big time, so clearly ITV and Channel 4 were cracking down in the wake of the 2019 election


Perhaps publicly stating he didn't like Gavin and Stacey very much was the real final straw ! Laughing
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chinamug UTV Newsline
Luke posted:
Cando posted:



ITN coming across really badly in this - just no need for that statement. I've followed him on Twitter for years and never seen anything questionable.


You know better than his employers and their HR dept.
Their silence has led to a Twitter pile-on though, yes. Which is regrettable.
(That’s not a statement either, it’s an off the record ‘source’.)
I notice the likes of Krish and Jon Snow have reined in their tweets big time, so clearly ITV and Channel 4 were cracking down in the wake of the 2019 election


I don't know the real details of this decision (I doubt any of us do) but I will say that employers and HR departments often make the worst decisions and often have very little real cop on even after years in their position.
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

I don't know the real details of this decision (I doubt any of us do) but I will say that employers and HR departments often make the worst decisions and often have very little real cop on even after years in their position.


If nothing else, any 'non business' related use of a company provided internet connection is strictly speaking not permitted in most companies. I'm sure many of his Tweets were made using ITN's wifi network, and he probably had an ITN supplied phone and SIM too. Counts as misuse if you're looking to nail someone.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
I wonder if - beyond the debate on Alistair - this will extend the conversation already being had at the BBC about journalists using Twitter.
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
I wonder if - beyond the debate on Alistair - this will extend the conversation already being had at the BBC about journalists using Twitter.


Naturally there's nothing wrong with them quoting from it, but perhaps any comments they are bursting to make on there should be via the umbrella BBC's [1]own Twitter feed without any personal credit ?

[1] Insert relevant broadcaster as applicable
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I wonder if - beyond the debate on Alistair - this will extend the conversation already being had at the BBC about journalists using Twitter.


Of course, there is a big difference between using Twitter to share information with -- and solicit opinions from -- members of the public on one hand, and using Twitter to engage in quarrels and petty one-upmanship with members of the public on the other.
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newsatten
Haven't posted for a long while, but feel pretty sad about this. I pretty much grew up with Alastair on London Tonight and latterly ITV News so will be strange to see him not presenting any more (even though in recent times he hadn't been on as much). Will be intresting to see later down the line whether Alastair comments any further on this.

In a way I feel like this would be a good opportunity for ITV News to have a bit of a refresh (less presentation wise, more presenter wise). Although I actually don't mind Tom Bradby too much (he has definitely grown on me), I feel since Mark Austin was sidelined and left, there's been something missing. I think ITV News needs a 'core' team feel back like it was was a few years back (like the below promo). At the moment it definitely feels more Tom being the 'brand' then the others. Would be great if Tom, Mary, Julie and maybe even someone like Ranvir or even a new fresh face were seen more equally as part of the 'brand'.

Last edited by newsatten on 31 January 2020 8:43pm

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