Not too surprised considering his ousting from News at Ten but he's had a good run of 15 years or so on the flagship bulletins.
I think I'd quite like to see Julie paired up with Mary on the Evening News rather than just bringing back Alastair.
I don't think bringing back Alastair is really a long term option, especially if he wanted to semi-retire.
I agree about having Julie presenting with Mary. Considering NaT will start being shifted around soon, Julie would be better in the regular evening slot. Ranvir Singh could then take Julie's spot as stand in on the Ten.