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After 47 years in the industry, Britain's longest-serving newsreader, Alastair Stewart, has announced his retirement from regular broadcasting. The 70-year-old journalist has worked as a news

anchor on both local and national television in the UK. He has been part of ITV News for more than three decades before making the move to start-up channel GB News in 2021.

In a statement, Stewart expressed his desire to leave while he was still an 'old broadcaster' and not an 'ancient one.' He wants to reduce his commitment while he still has control over the timing of his retirement. The news anchor has fronted the final episode of his programme Alastair Stewart & Friends last weekend.

Although he will not be a regular on screens anymore, the journalist will return to GB News as an occasional contributor. He will also provide commentary for the upcoming Coronation of King Charles III in May.

Stewart has been a familiar face on British television for nearly five decades. His retirement marks the end of an era in British broadcasting. His work has been recognized with a number of awards, including an OBE for his services to broadcasting.

In his statement, Stewart expressed his love for live television and called it the "best job in the world." However, he also acknowledged the rigors of preparing for two live interview shows a week and commuting from Hampshire to London for them. He wants to spend more time with his family, horses, and charities that have been significant to him over the years.

Since joining GB News, Stewart has been involved in some significant events. He was the announcer on air for Queen Elizabeth's death in September 2022 and was the anchor for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year.

Stewart's departure marks the end of an era for British news broadcasting. He has been a highly respected figure in the industry for nearly five decades and has inspired many journalists who have followed in his footsteps. His legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire many young journalists who want to pursue a career in broadcasting. Photo by Method69uk - Steve Webster, Wikimedia commons.