Fred Dinenage to leave ITV Meridian at Christmas

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A LONG-standing newscaster announced that he will be leaving his post after nearly 40 years.

Almost four decades later, Fred Dinenage, one of ITV’s longest-serving regional news anchors, left ITV News Meridian at Christmas.

Fred said: “After nearly 38 years of co-hosting ITV’s six o’clock show in the south and southeast, I finally decided to turn off my microphone.

“It was a really tough decision, but now I want to spend a few years with my wife Beverley and my three dogs smelling the roses in my garden and spending time in the Austrian mountains.

Fred has worked with presenters such as Fern Britton, Debbie Thrower and Natasha Kaplinsky since 1983, anchoring the flagship regional news program at 6 p.m. in the south of England.

For the past 12 years, she has hosted ITV News Meridian alongside Sangeeta Bhabra, whom she describes as “the greatest person to work with.”

“But I feel like now is the right time to move on. I will miss my dear co-host Sangeeta and my colleagues at ITV Meridian dearly. And of course, I will miss our wonderful viewers who have contributed to us. The incredible love and support for me for so long.

“I’ve been very lucky in my life and career – I’ve worked nonstop with ITV for fifty-eight years on regional and network programs, and I’m blessed to have a truly special family. So, everyone – thank you.”

Meridian Alison Nice’s news director said that Fred will be greatly missed by his colleagues.

He said: “He’s an absolute professional loved by those who watch our show and his colleagues. Fred is the same person off-screen as he is on-screen.

“He’s warm and caring and makes time for everyone on the team. Fred is a great journalist and host and we will all miss him so much.”

Fred will be leaving ITV Meridian in December to spend more time with his family and work on other projects.

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