Tyne Tees reporter dies after three-year illness

GREATLY MISSED ... Eileen McCabe.
GREATLY MISSED ... Eileen McCabe.
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TRIBUTES have been paid to one of North East television’s familiar faces.

Eileen Ward – best known as Tyne Tees reporter and newsreader Eileen McCabe – died at home in Whitburn on Saturday after a three-year illness.

Born in Murton in 1945, Eileen was a journalist for the Northern Echo, Radio Durham and Radio Newcastle before joining Tyne Tees, where she produced and presented arts programmes then became a news reporter and presenter on Northern Life.

She later ran her own PR business, presented a series of interviews with influential women and co-authored a book on Tony Blair.

Former Tyne Tees colleague Paul Frost said: “She was a very good reporter, but she also had a tremendous sense of humour.

“You could send her to any job you liked – a murder at crown court, a fashion show, or an industry piece – she would always turn in a first-class report.”

Eileen is survived by husband John, children Philip and Louise and their father Tony, and grandchildren, Humphrey, Lovell and Darcy.

Son Philip said: “She was much loved by her family, who will miss her greatly and cherish her memory.”