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Natasha Kaplinsky to leave FIVE News

15th October 2010

It has been confirmed that the TV newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky will leave FIVE News at the end of the year. Natasha joined the channel back in 2008 with much fanfare to anchor its nightly news programmes on a deal reported to be worth £1 million.

Having previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Sky, moving to FIVE made her the UK’s highest paid newsreader. Natasha was responsible for an immediate ratings boost for FIVE's early evening news bulletin.

However just six weeks later, Natasha announced that she was pregnant, and took six months’ maternity leave around the birth of her son Arlo in September 2008.

Returning to Channel 5 in February 2009, Natasha reputedly took a £300,000 pay cut, in return for only doing the early evening bulletin.
However by October last year, Natasha was pregnant again, and gave birth to her daughter Angelica Pearl in April this year - once again taking six months’ maternity leave.

The 38-year-old, who recently returned to her on-screen role after maternity leave, had been due to renegotiate her contract at the end of the year, but the television channel, which was bought by the newspaper owner Richard Desmond this summer, said that both parties had agreed not to renew the deal by mutual agreement.

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