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Alastair Stewart to leave ITV News.

(January 2020)

DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
This is VERY telling, considering other 'news' today ....



RD
RDJ Central (West) Midlands Today
Terrible news. Always someone who understood the news and gave absolute authority when required as well as the lightheartedness when suitable. One of my favourite newsreaders on TV.

It’s heartbreaking that a 40 odd year career at ITN has ended this way.

I do feel it’s slightly double standard when Piers Morgan - who is an ITV News representative even if not directly employed by ITN - can get away with far worse.

Maybe he’ll end up back with the regions or with another News provider. Eitherway this can’t be the way it ends for such a distinguished newsreader.
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WL
W1LL Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
BM11 posted:




I think the second paragraph of that tweet is telling, it appears completely unintentional. There is no need to end such a distinguished career because of this.
IS
Inspector Sands
RDJ posted:

It’s heartbreaking that a 40 odd year career at ITN has ended this way.

He wasn't at ITN for 40 years, he left in 1992 and came back in 2004
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Maybe he’ll end up back with the regions or with another News provider. Eitherway this can’t be the way it ends for such a distinguished newsreader.

I think it is unlikely he'll be back reading the news on TV. He didn't have a regular gig at ITV and was doing radio and other stuff too. Probably won't wasn't going back to a full time job anyway.

As I mentioned a couple of pages back The Times are launching a radio station in a few months, a sister station of Talk Radio which he presents on. I reckon he'll be on there
AN
Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The Daily Mail (yes I know) are running with it, also identifying the person who Stewart had the twitter spat with

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7943667/Alastair-Stewart-steps-ITV-News-presenting-duties.html

It looks like said individual made a fuss about the tweet and went running to all and sundry basically to get him sacked.
GI
ginnyfan World News
Sad and annoying. The person he tweeted is a pathetic bully for abusing the racial PC card like that.
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MA
Markyboy81 Central Reporting Scotland
Highlights of his career have got to be the newsflashes he presented the night of Lockerbie and also him covering the first Gulf War, very authoritative and calm!
CU
Cusack Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I believe the difference between Piers and others is that Good Morning Britain isn't classed as a News programme. I believe it comes under Current Affairs and therefore the show and it's presenters are covered by different guidelines.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
The double standards with Piers Morgan who kicks off daily both on screen and on Twitter (though employed by ITV Breakfast rather than ITN) really hurts. Seems Alastair made one mistake and it was the rope ITN needed to make him swing, even though they'd been no public outcry at all. What really pisses me off is as such they could have just announced he was leaving rather than publically shamed him.

He will be a real loss for ITV - yes, he's been in a reduced role of late but he was a very handy presenter for ITV News to have on their relief rota - someone with gravitas who could be pulled in to almost any bulletin and carry it with ease.

BM11 posted:
I don't use Twitter that much.

I only use it to retweet stuff and to look at tweets.

What a surprise.
Last edited by Brekkie on 29 January 2020 8:53pm
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
WW
WW Update
Sad and annoying. The person he tweeted is a pathetic bully for abusing the racial PC card like that.


Oh, come on. He drew attention to a problematic tweet that a professional anchor should not have posted. His bosses -- not the person making the compliant -- looked at the evidence and decided to terminate Stewart's employment. As for "political correctness," the obsession over "PC culture" tends to come from people who have racist attitudes but who resent the fact that sharing those attitudes often has consequences in polite society.
BK
bkman1990 UTV Newsline
Good grief. I was really shocked when I heard about this decision this evening.

This is what the January blues actually give you when you least expect it & it is not a nice feeling at all. It does not feel right for ITV News to do this to Alastair at all. It feels really premature from them to apply the ultimate sanction of being sacked from their newsroom when someone from it has had an award winning career within the organisation for 40 years. It's outrageous that it has to come to this as I think he was a living legend within the ITV News newsroom. Whenever I see Alastair doing the recent weekend news & weekday Late news bulletins for the past few months. He has always been a consummate professional while doing them. That presence is now lost because of some apparent spat which happened on Twitter. I just feel really gutted by it.

ITV News really do need to have a hard think about the consequences of this decision. I would say that the decision to sack Alastair Stewart because of some row on Twitter without knowing it's full context is really damaging to the credibility of the ITV News brand in future. They really need to do something about addressing their accountability & official role when communicating on social media in a relevant & robust way. Social Media can become quite a dangerous weapon when it's not utilised properly to do good for people within society. It can harm & ruin peoples lives when it can become unpoliced through unofficial channels of communication.

ITV News need to seriously up their own standards when tackling this issue at hand. It needs to protect the reputation of it's credibility, the quality of it's news output & more importantly it's own staff members that may find themselves unintentionally sacked in future.

There are really no winners when dealing with this faux pa.

But I will say that Alastair was a terrific broadcaster at ITV. And I will miss him.
IS
Inspector Sands
I believe the difference between Piers and others is that Good Morning Britain isn't classed as a News programme. I believe it comes under Current Affairs and therefore the show and it's presenters are covered by different guidelines.

If they both worked for the same company then there would be no difference - a social media policy applies to everyone.

They don't, but the decision was taken by both ITN and ITV so I imagine there could be some pressure on Piers Morgan

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