BBC's Anna Ford has announced she is to quit as a news presenter after 27 years of reading the headlines.
BBC's Anna Ford has announced she is to quit as a news presenter after 27 years of reading the headlines.

Ford, 62, said she wanted to leave her role as anchor for The One O'Clock News while she had the "interest and energy" to take up other projects, but said she has not yet decided on her new career.

"I'm looking at my options and where I want my life to go from now on. My children are grown up and I'm free to do what I want," she said.

Ford fought hard to earn respect in the male-dominated newsrooms of the 1970s, becoming ITN's first female prime-time newsreader.

She recently hit back at Michael Buerk when he suggested the BBC had become dominated by women, branding him a "poor, miserable old bat".

She started her news career in 1974 at Granada and later became one of the original members of the line-up for Good Morning Britain on TV-AM.

She first worked for the BBC on Man Alive in 1976, and joined The Six O'Clock News team in 1989. She will make her final appearance on The One O'Clock News in April, when her current contract expires.