FRED DINENAGE has announced he will be leaving ITV Meridian as one of its longest-serving regional news anchors. But why is he leaving?
Fred Dinenage has been with ITV for nearly 40 years as one of the regional presenters on ITV News Meridian. He has just announced he will be hanging up his microphone at Christmas and thanked his colleagues for their continued support. This website has all you need to know about why he is leaving the TV news programme.
ITV Meridian has provided all the latest news updates for viewers living in the South and South East of England for many years.
The station first launched in 1993 following a rebrand and Dinenage, 79, stepped up as one of the main news anchors from the outset.
On October 12, 2021, he announced: “After almost thirty eight years co-presenting the ITV six o’clock show in the south and south east I’ve finally decided to hang up my microphone.
“It’s been a really tough decision but I now want to spend a few years with my wife, Beverley, and our three dogs smelling the roses in my garden and spending time in the mountains of Austria.”
Although it sounds like the start of the presenter’s retirement, he is not ready to leave the world of TV just yet.
He added: “I will be continuing with my crime programmes and ITV’s How! and writing books, including one recently commissioned.
“But now I feel it is the right time to move on. I will miss my dear co-presenter, Sangeeta, and my colleagues at ITV Meridian terribly.
“And, of course, I will miss our wonderful viewers who have given me such incredible love and support for so long.”
The presenter is almost 80 and he will be looking forward to taking on some less demanding roles.
He concluded: “I’ve been so lucky in my life and career – fifty eight years working non-stop on regional and network programmes with ITV and I’ve been blessed by having a truly special family. So, to everyone – thank you.”
The presenter is also known for his appearances on Tell the Truth and Coast to Coast.
He has also hosted a number of sports shows, including covering regional sport for Yorkshire Television.
He was able to cover two Olympic Games during his time on World of Sport and recalls many memorable. “Brinkwire Summary News”.