Kirsty Young to Leave Five News After 10 Years!

thursday, may 24th, 2007
kirsty young to leave five news

After ten years at Five, Kirsty Young is to step down from her role as the channel’s news anchor, it was announced today (THURS).

Kirsty has no immediate plans other than continuing to host Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. She will leave Five News in the autumn. Her fellow news anchor John Suchet will continue to present Five News at 5.30pm and 7pm.

Kirsty said: “I couldn’t have worked anywhere better. I’ve been so happy at Five and I’ll miss the incredibly talented people in the news room but after ten years I feel it’s time for a change.

“Working in TV news has been a tremendously exciting and exhilarating experience and I will miss that day to day buzz but I feel now is the right time to focus on other areas.”

Chris Shaw, Senior Programme Controller at Five, and a former Editor of Five News, who brought Kirsty Young to the channel in 1997, said: “Kirsty was the Face of Five News when it launched and she defined a new style of news presentation. Obviously we’re sorry she is leaving but understand that she wants a change and everyone at the channel wishes her the very best.”

Lisa Opie, Five’s Managing Director, Content, added: “Kirsty has played a key role in the success of Five News and I hope we will still see her appearing on the channel from time to time in the years ahead.”

Kirsty Young caught the public’s attention when she perched rather than sat behind a desk to read the first ever news bulletin on Five News.

Her pioneering informal style helped Five News win several awards in its first year. Kirsty briefly left Five in 1999 to join ITV News before returning to the channel in 2002.

In addition to the news she also presented several high profile programmes for Five including, most recently, a debate featuring the next Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and an audience of ten year-olds.

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