In an internal email, ITN staff were told that the decision, also backed by ITV, followed behaviour that breached ITN's editorial guidelines.
As reported by the Daily Mail, he said in a statement: "It was a misjudgement which I regret, but it's been a privilege to bring the news to households throughout the United Kingdom for the past 40 years".
Drawing a line Martin Shapland who was in Twitter debate with Mr Stewart said apology would have been enough
He added: "It's been a privilege to bring the news to households throughout the United Kingdom for the past 40 years".
Stewart's Twitter account no longer exists.
Stewart joined ITN in 1980, working for Channel 4 News for three years before graduating to the main newsreader on ITV News. "So sad to learn this - we have worked on many big stories together & Al is a trusted friend and guide to many of us", Julie Etchingham said on Twitter.Читайте также: Shayanna Jenkins Opens Up About Aaron Hernandez's Sexuality Following Docuseries
Michael Jermey, the 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".
Stewart said: "It was a misjudgment which I regret, but it's been a privilege to bring the news to households throughout the United Kingdom for the past 40 years". "We wish him the very best for the future".
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