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Pam Royle has decided to leave her role at ITV News Tyne Tees and Border after more than 30 years on-screen.
The journalist has enjoyed a glittering television career spanning nearly 40 years as she leaves her role as the main news presenter on the programme.
The announcement was made to her colleagues yesterday as Pam described it as “one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make”.
“I’ve had a wonderful time working for ITV Tyne Tees and ITV Border but, at this stage of my life, I want to explore other opportunities as a freelance and find a better work-life balance," she said.
Pam Royle has decided to leave her role at ITV News Tyne Tees and Border after more than 30 years
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Pam first joined ITV's Tyne Tees back in 1983 as a weather presenter.
She then went on to work for London Weekend Television and TV-am in London, before returning home in 1989 to become a main presenter for Tyne Tees – a role she has had for 32 years.
Opening up about her decision to leave, Pam said: “I feel very privileged to have had the career I’ve had. I have met royalty, Prime Ministers and stars from the worlds of movies, music and television.
"Often though, it’s been meeting our viewers and telling their stories that has had the biggest impact on me. I am always struck by their resilience and fortitude in often the most dire of circumstances."
Pam has enjoyed a glittering television career spanning nearly 40 years
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"It’s been an honour to be trusted with telling the story of their lives," she added.
Pam was notably part of a BAFTA-winning team behind coverage of the Cumbrian shootings in 2010.
She also won three Royal Television Society presenter of the year awards, as well as a Variety Club silver heart for “outstanding contribution to TV and charity”.
Michaela Byrne, Head of News and Programmes for ITV Tyne Tees and Border, said: “Pam’s contribution to Tyne Tees, and more latterly ITV Border, has been immense and she is a much-loved figure whose warmth and authority radiate off the screen."
Pam described her decision to leave as “one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make”
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“We are very sad that she has decided that it’s time to leave us and all of us at ITV will miss her, but we wish her the very best of luck in the future," he added.
Co-presenter Ian Payne, who has worked alongside Pam on-screen since 2009, added: “Pam’s been a constant friend and trusted colleague through my whole career, and it’s a real blow that our on-screen partnership is coming to an end.
"She’s a dream presenting partner and my true friend, and I’m going to really miss having her alongside me.”
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