Why is Kylie Pentelow leaving ITV News and where is she now?

The newsreader said it’s “time for a change”, so why is Kylie Pentelow leaving ITV News and where is she now?

Presenter Kylie Pentelow
Kylie Pentelow on BBC East Midlands
(Image credit: BBC)

After 10 years on our screens, the ITV News West Country presenter is leaving the programme, and loyal viewers are asking why is Kylie Pentelow leaving ITV News and where is she now?

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Joining the studios in 2013, Kylie has covered a wide range of news stories and features during the last decade, and her departure has left viewers heartbroken. 

So, why is Kylie Pentelow leaving ITV News and where is she now? Here’s what we know so far.

Why is Kylie Pentelow leaving ITV News?

According to ITV, Kylie Pentelow is leaving ITV News to “take on a new challenge in her career”. 

ITV confirmed the news of Kylie’s departure with a news story today (Friday 29 September) that included highlights of the presenter’s best moments with Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now as the soundtrack. 

In a statement, Kylie said: “What I’m really going to miss are the people I work with. This is a newsroom and a region with a team who have great wit and humour. I have loved my time here and will miss the camaraderie.

“The great thing about ITV News is that if you have an idea it is rare that someone says no. That is a great culture to have in an organisation.

“After ten years it is time for the next chapter. What I have done during that period has prepared me for that,” she added.

Reflecting on her achievements and dedication to the channel, Journalist and Digital Editor of ITV Granada Reports Laura Heads reposted the story on ITV’s X (formerly Twitter) page, and said: 

“One of the very best. @kyliepentelow will be so, so missed. From hauling kit around the muddiest of Glastonbury’s to being knee-deep in Gloucestershire flood water, to seeing Broadchurch filming up-close. You are a gem and I’ve adored working with you.”

Where is Kylie Pentelow now? 

It hasn’t been confirmed exactly where Kylie will be going or what she is doing, but the former newsreader is the host of The Innocence Podcast with “another exciting project coming soon” – her Instagram bio revealed. 

The 44-year-old also posted a photo on her Instagram of her sitting on the news desk with the caption: “Time for a change – after 10 years, I’ve decided to leave ITV News West Country. My last programme in the South West will be at the end of next month. Will keep you posted on what’s next!”. 

Messages of good luck came pouring in from fans and colleagues alike, and many are waiting in anticipation to see what she’ll do next. 

Where was Kylie Pentelow born? 

Kylie Pentelow was born in Northamptonshire. She lives with husband Brady Haran and their son. 

From working on regional newspapers to becoming a mainstay presenter on ITV’s West Country News, Kylie is also the co-presenter of ITV’s new medical programme Dr Ranj On Call.

It’s clear that Kylie has made a huge mark on the TV industry and we’ll keep you updated on her next chapter. 

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Daniella Gray
Family News & Wellbeing Writer

From building healthy family relationships to self-care tips for mums and parenting trends - Daniella also covers postnatal workouts and exercises for kids. After gaining a Print Journalism BA Hons degree and NCTJ Diploma in Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, Daniella started writing for Health & Wellbeing and co-hosted the Walk to Wellbeing podcast. She has also written for Stylist, Natural Health, The Sun UK and Fit & Well. In her free time, Daniella loves to travel, try out new fitness classes and cook for family and friends.