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Good afternoon.
This is my last blog as a London Tonight presenter and, unlike a hand-written letter, you won't be able to detect the smudge of a tear on your screen.
It has been an extraordinary 16 years and I am grateful for the opportunity to have done it and to have been honoured by your company.
From Monday, Katie will be joined by Matt Teale, who you have already met. I first met him in a studio discussion at Setanta about the ultimate fight championships so I know he is more than capable of a few good moves and the occassional killer blow. Be kind to him and enjoy his company.
Katie, who I treasure as a co-worker and very dear friend, has been a total and undiluted joy to work with. The good news is that she and I will continue to share the ITV Lunchtime News, though not at the same time. But I will miss the pleasure, fun, emotion, focus, gravitas, flexibility and sheer professionalism she has always brought to our joint efforts to inform and entertain you. She is just a wonderful and very beautiful person. Seriously beautiful.....

Tonight we will be trying to make sense of a gang murder; a politician, charged with fraud; an anti-cancer treatment, promoted by a pop-star-actor; an elderly Londoner who gave his all to help others; another, who nearly sailed 'round the world and is having another go; some movies you might or might not enjoy this weekend; a weather forecast from the splendid surrealist Robin McCallum; and a leading barrister, who is also doing a one man show.
It is a classic London Tonight. All life and all emotion is there. Our brilliant camermen and -women, our terrific reporters and producers and the best technical team in the country will all combine to make the half-hour, between six and six-thirty, worthy of your hard-pressed attentions. Hope you are persuaded.

I will bid you farewell at 6.30, confident of the future, secure in the knowledge that those who remain will be just as good, if not better, without me.
But I will always treeausre it - from Stephen Lawrence's murder to the glory of the London Eye; from the euphoria of Singapore to the shock and awe of 7/7; from Rowan Atkinson, Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra Junior to Camilla Batmangheligh, Neville Lawrence and all the other souls who make this great city an even better place; from Ken to Bozza; from our glorious parks to our still-in-need-of-attention housing; and all of you, whatever age, sex, race and beliefs: the most wonderful population to have attempted to serve.
Thanks for having me.

And we both hope we can see you at 6.
Alastair and Katie.
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