Newsreader Lisa Aziz leaves ITV

Newsreader Lisa Aziz, who was suspended from ITV, is leaving the broadcaster for “personal reasons”, it was announced today.

Aziz has also withdrawn a series of “serious and damaging” allegations she made against colleagues at ITV West in Bristol and apologised.

The newsreader said today those allegations were made while she was “angry and unwell”.

Following her suspension, in July last year, Aziz began a legal action against ITV claiming to be a victim of ageism, sexism and racial discrimination.

It is understood that the claim, which was due to go to a tribunal next month, has now been withdrawn.

ITV issued a statement this afternoon saying that after more than four years with ITV West, most recently spent working as a presenter of West Country Tonight, Aziz had decided to leave the company for “personal reasons”.

Aziz said: “I have enjoyed my time with ITV, but over the last few months I realise I made serious and damaging allegations against my Bristol colleagues and ITV managers.

“The allegations were made whilst I was very angry and unwell. I now withdraw all the allegations and wish to continue to develop my career.

“I leave ITV knowing that my time at ITV has been amongst the most fulfilling of my career in television and I have the highest regard for the quality of journalism produced there.”

A spokesman for ITV said: “Lisa has made a significant contribution to our team. We have now resolved all of the outstanding issues and we wish Lisa success in the future.”

Aziz rejoined ITV West in September, 2005, becoming the anchor of its ITV West News 6pm flagship programme after having worked for almost ten years as one of the main anchors on Sky News.

She had previously worked as a reporter and co-presenter on the current affairs series The West This Week for the Bristol-based station from 1984 to 1988.

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