What a loss! Charlene White bids farewell to brilliant ITV co-star after exit news

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Charlene White, 41, has lamented the departure of her “wonderful” co-star Fred Dinenage. The legendary presenter will leave the programme at Christmas after nearly four decades.

He is ITV’s longest serving regional news anchor.

In view of her 52,000 followers, Charlene retweeted a post by ITV News Meridian that read: “Fred Dinenage to leave ITV Meridian at Christmas.”

Charlene recounted meeting Fred during her early days of working on television.

She penned: “Oh wow… what a loss to the ITV family.

“I first met Fred in my late teens on work experience at @itvmeridian and he was (and continues to be) just as wonderful and kind and brilliant as I’d hoped.

“You’ll be missed @freddinenageITV.”

Twitter users joined Charlene in bidding farewell to the veteran presenter.

toniearlybird wrote: “#Birmingham born.

“I remember him from ‘How’ as a kid and was glad to see him again on telly when I lived down south for a while in the 90s.

“TV legend, all the best to him.”

KasFrend added: “As a Brighton kid in the 80s I grew up watching Fred on the telly.”

ClpTulo typed: “Watched Fred when I was away at labour party conference the other week, I hadn’t realised was still broadcasting.

“Remember him from my younger days for world of sport, how and gambit.”

Fred announced yesterday that he is set to leave the broadcaster “to spend a few years” with his wife, Beverley, and their dogs.

He told ITV: “After almost 38 years co-presenting the ITV six o’clock show in the south and south east I’ve finally decided to hang up my microphone.

“It’s been a really tough decision but I now want to spend a few years with my wife, Beverley, and our three dogs smelling the roses in my garden and spending time in the mountains of Austria.

“I will be continuing with my crime programmes and ITV’s How! and writing books, including one recently commissioned.

“But now I feel it is the right time to move on. I will miss my dear co-presenter, Sangeeta, and my colleagues at ITV Meridian terribly.

“And, of course, I will miss our wonderful viewers who have given me such incredible love and support for so long.

“I’ve been so lucky in my life and career – f58 years working non-stop on regional and network programmes with ITV and I’ve been blessed by having a truly special family.”

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