Alastair Stewart steps down from ITV News over 'errors of judgement' on social media

Alastair Stewart is stepping down from ITV News. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

Newsreader Alastair Stewart is stepping down from his role at ITV News due to “errors of judgment in his use of social media”, ITN have said.

Stewart, 67, said: “It was a misjudgement which I regret, but it’s been a privilege to bring the news to households throughout the UK for the past 40 years.”

ITN and ITV added in the statement: “After many years working across a variety of news programmes, Alastair Stewart is stepping down from his presenting duties.

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“The decision, which is supported by both ITV and ITN, follows errors of judgement in Alastair’s use of social media which breached ITN’s editorial guidelines.”

Stewart’s Twitter account no longer exists. However, details of the breach are currently unclear.

Alastair Stewart attends The UK Film Premiere of 'Shadow Dancer' at Cineworld Haymarket on August 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)

Michael Jermey, director of news and current affairs at ITV, said: “Alastair has been a long-standing, familiar figure to viewers of ITV News, both reporting and presenting with distinction.

“We wish him the very best for the future.”

Meanwhile, ITN chief executive Anna Mallett said: “We would like to recognise Alastair’s contribution as one of the UK’s foremost journalists and TV presenters and to thank him for his commitment to delivering high-quality broadcast news over many years.”

Alastair Stewart is said to have "breached" ITN's editorial guidelines. (Photo by Peter Jordan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Stewart joined ITN in 1980, working for Channel 4 News for three years before graduating to the main newsreader on ITV News.

In recent times he has worked as a part-time freelance presenter primarily on the lunchtime news and weekend programmes.

With additional reporting by PA.