Tyne Tees legend Pam Royle to step down from television presenter role

Tributes have been paid to one of the most familiar and trusted personalities in the North East after it was announced that she is to step down from her role as a television presenter.

By Peter Barron
Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 8:15 pm
Pam Royle, pictured here after she was named presenter of the year at the Royal Television Society's regional awards ceremony, is stepping down from her ITV News Tyne Tees and Border role this spring.
Pam Royle, pictured here after she was named presenter of the year at the Royal Television Society's regional awards ceremony, is stepping down from her ITV News Tyne Tees and Border role this spring.

Pam Royle is leaving as the award-winning main news presenter for ITV News Tyne Tees and Border this spring after a television career spanning nearly 40 years.

She has described her departure as “one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make” and added: “I’ve had a wonderful time working for ITV Tyne Tees and ITV Border but, at this stage of my life, I want to explore other opportunities as a freelance and find a better work-life balance.”

Pam joined Tyne Tees in 1983 as a weather presenter and, after spending time working for London Weekend Television and TV-am, returned to her home region in 1989 to become a main presenter for Tyne Tees.

She has co-anchored programmes such as Northern Life, Tyne Tees Today and Your Town On The Telly as well as her current role fronting ITV News Tyne Tees and ITV Border News programmes.

Michaela Byrne, head of news and programmes for ITV Tyne Tees and Border, said: “Pam’s contribution to Tyne Tees, and more latterly ITV Border, has been immense and she is a much-loved figure whose warmth and authority radiate off the screen.”

Co-presenter Ian Payne, who has worked alongside Pam on-screen since 2009, added: “Pam’s been a constant friend and trusted colleague through my whole career, and it’s a real blow that our on- screen partnership is coming to an end.

"She’s a dream presenting partner and my true friend.”

Her off-screen commitments include serving as patron of the Great North Air Ambulance and as a Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham.

The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, said: “Generous with her time, kind-hearted and sincere, Pam has made a huge contribution to our region through her television work and her continued and much valued support and encouragement of local charities.”

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