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Updated: Wednesday 3 October 2007

Moira Stuart leaves BBC News

Moira Stuart is to leave the staff of BBC News, the corporation has announced.

Stuart, who was dropped from her newsreading roles on The Andrew Marr Show and Breakfast, has left with immediate effect.

Her career at the BBC spanned 34 years and included stints presenting all of the corporation’s television news bulletins.

Helen Boaden, the BBC news director, paid tribute to her work. “Throughout her 30-plus years at the BBC Moira has achieved a great deal,” she said.

“She has always been a model professional as well as being much loved and admired by both the public and her BBC colleagues. Everyone in BBC news wishes her all the best for the future.”