Sissons starts weekend anchor role at News 24

Newsreader Peter Sissons begins his new weekend anchor role on BBC News 24 this week after stepping down from the BBC1 Ten O’Clock News last year.

Sissons, 60, stopped working on the flagship bulletin last September, two weeks after co-presenter Michael Buerk announced his own retirement.

They were replaced by Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce, who moved over from BBC Six O’Clock News.

Sissons’ departure marked an overhaul of the BBC news presenters, with Sophie Raworth and George Alagiah becoming the new faces of the Six O’Clock News.

The revamped news line-up was completed with the hiring of Dermot Murnaghan from ITN and Natasha Kaplinksy from Sky News.

The two now co-present the breakfast bulletin.

Sissons stepped down amid allegations against the BBC of ageism, which he made in an interview with The Observer.

“The BBC does have one or two blind spots and its biggest blind spot is its tendency to ageism.

“I’ve been to too many leaving parties for people who’ve turned 50 and they’re out.

“Some really gifted people,” he said at the time.

Sissons began his career at the BBC in 1989, moving from presenting the Channel 4 News. He joined ITN in 1964.

By Wale Azeez

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