UTV says farewell to Alison Fleming

Published Thursday, 17 April 2014
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After 16 years with UTV, popular presenter Alison Fleming has signed off on her final bulletin.

UTV says farewell to Alison Fleming
Ali with her TWO favourite co-presenters! (© UTV)

Having earlier tweeted that she hoped anchorman Paul Clark wouldn't start her weeping, Ali made it through one last UTV Live - despite a surprise tribute to her time with the company.

"Some of the best bits - and, of course, some of the bits that didn't make the news," Paul said, to a slightly shocked look from his co-presenter.

"It's been an honour and a privilege to be in your living rooms every night," Ali then told viewers.

Colleagues from throughout the newsroom will be sorry to see her go, but a new challenge awaits as she prepares to join the world of PR.

I'll miss you the most - just don't tell Marc Mallett!

Alison Fleming, to Paul Clark

"Alison's professionalism, creativity and drive will be sorely missed by all at UTV," UTV Managing Director Michael Wilson said.

"But those same skills will make her a valuable addition to her new team."

Ali will be joining public relations company LK Communications.

"We're really thrilled to be welcoming one of Northern Ireland's most accomplished and experienced broadcasters to the team," Managing Director Nikki Larkin said.

In a blog written when her new venture was first announced, Ali said: "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!!"

Good luck, Ali!

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Observer in Online wrote (219 days ago):
Bye Alison, you were a joy to watch on UTV, all the best for your new career! :)
paul in belfast wrote (220 days ago):
I WILL MISS ALI READING THE NEWS ON UTV AS SHE WAS VERY DOWN TOO EARTH AND NOT STUFFY HOPE THEY GET A NICE GIRL TOO REPLACE HER AND NOT A BORING OR STUFFY NEWSREADER LIKE SOME OFF THE OTHER FEMALE PRESENTERS ON UTV.
Amy in Derry wrote (220 days ago):
Alison was a great news reporter and presenter. Alison and Paul's news readers along with Marks in my personal view make UTV watch-able. Alison will be very much missed am sure by all the team at UTV and for sure by viewers. All the best to her in her new career. And of course people will remember Alison lol and say hello passing :)
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