Pastures New

Published Wednesday, 19 February 2014
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If you do a job you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life so the saying goes.

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It certainly sums up my time at UTV - often busy, sometimes frantic but never boring. In the 16 years I have worked with the company I've covered good news and bad news but throughout it all there's been one constant: my admiration for the people of Northern Ireland who've made my job so easy.

Through tragedy and triumph the warmth, eloquence and dignity of our community has shone through, and I've learned so much.

That's one of the reasons I'm sad about moving on. That and I'll miss my colleagues. But after 16 years (really?!) with UTV, and five years of being in your living room every week it's time for a new challenge.

I'm thrilled to be joining the team at LK Communications. I have a lot to learn from my new colleagues but now instead of reading the news I'll be helping our clients make the news for all the right reasons.

I'll still be glued to UTV Live and will tweet reports, breaking stories - all of which the journalists here do so well. I've been privileged to work with a great team, and I'm delighted to be going to work with another one.

I'll be on your screens until mid April, so we're not saying goodbye just yet. I'll never forget the people I've met over the years, and I hope you'll all remember me - and say hello when you see me out shopping, and tell me how much skinnier I am in real life, and ask me what Paul Clark's really like*!! All the chat that shows us just how much you love what UTV does. And will continue to do long after I move to pastures new.

*a sweetheart for the record!

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helen robinson in dromore co down wrote (63 days ago):
we will miss u on our screens at six oclock love watchin utv hope u enjoy ur new job good luck
Donna Kennedy in Castledawson wrote (63 days ago):
Alison I am sorry to hear your leaving .I met you the day about the goose in moneymore and was so nice to chat to a very down to earth lady .People like you have good hearts in any story line yoi bring us .I hope you take on new adventures and all the best in what you do next .xxx
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Alison Fleming
Alison Fleming

Alison Fleming is a presenter and journalist at UTV who worked for a wide range of news outlets before joining UTV in 1998.

Her career highlights include interviewing Lord Attenborough and Shirley Maclaine in Belfast and hosting UTV's coverage of the MTV EMAs.

In her spare time, she likes to run and has completed a number of marathons.

Her motto is 'Everyone's different - if we were all the same there'd be no need for assorted biscuits.'

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