Natasha Kaplinsky joins ITV news
Natasha Kaplinsky is joining ITV News in September, taking over from 'London Tonight' anchor Nina Hossain when she goes on maternity leave
Natasha Kaplinsky is joining ITV News in September.
The former BBC and Channel 5 anchor - who became the highest-paid newsreader in the UK when she was paid £1 million to leve the BBC for Five News in February 2003 - will front ITV's 'London Tonight' show in place of current star Nina Hossain while she is on maternity leave.
However, the role will also see her present a whole host of other programme's for the network.
She said: "I am very much enjoying being part of ITV's line-up, and thrilled to be returning to my first love, news. This is an exciting chance to work with the talented team in the ITV newsroom."
Natasha - who has two children, Arlo, two, and Angelica, 15 months - will take up the role until Nina returns to her position as anchor in early 2012.
Faye Nickolds, editor of 'ITV London Tonight', added: "Natasha has an impressive background presenting national and regional news programmes - including a short spell on 'ITV London Tonight'.
"We're very much looking forward to her joining the team until Nina's return early next year."