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Alastair Stewart — very smart, kindly, professional, impartial, knowledgeable, fun, trained by the best (Alastair Burnet). Now the only person to be fired for quoting Shakespeare accurately. The only explanation can be the ITN suits wanted him out — and seized their chance.

Ted Heath v Joan Ruddock on nuclear arms in 1983. Not only are both speakers polite, but moderator Alastair Burnet asks only *one* question at the start and his guests then talk for 15 minutes without Burnet speaking again, the debate evolving between them

A wonderful lunch’ with Diana Edwards-Jones, ’s legendary director; her Godson, the brilliant actor Lloyd Owen, soon to be seen as ‘Clive of India’; & my dear friend Lady Maureen Burnet, Sir Alastair’s widow. #priceless 

You want to see news at its best. Watch this, from my mentor FRIEND and hero. Alastair Burnet's final News at Ten 1991 via @YouTube 

@amolrajan  @afneilP  @TheEconomistS  - Alastair Burnet, on Heralds & Pursuivants at the State Opening of Parliament: "There they are, walking smartly, and looking like a deck of playing cards ". ( @AlastairBruce_ 

I just wish Alastair Burnet was here to see it. His verdict was always all that mattered to me. But I am obviously grateful for your beyond gracious remarks.

So you’re now depending on how the Daily Express reports me. As opposed to what I’ve tweeted. Pathetic. Is this what The Economist has come to? Alastair Burnet would be appalled. By the way your last column was rubbish.

Lunch’ with the man who created the “News at 5:45” & a man who wrote “News at Ten” with alastair burnet'>Sir Alastair Burnet. Doesn’t get much better. #Dowsett  #Stanley 

...'Sefton', one of the horses who survived, became a 'cause celebre' for alastair burnet'>Sir Alastair Burnet and was named #HorseOfTheYear .

As many of you will have seen, he would have been 90 today. The kindest, most generous of men, the master of his trade and a man I miss - every day. alastair burnet'>Sir Alastair Burnet. #RIP 

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The late ITN presenter alastair burnet'>Sir Alastair Burnet was such a fan of Glen Campbell's 'Rhinestone Cowboy' that it was played at his memorial service

I will always cherish a 1970s Alastair Burnet live-commentary line: "Thats Mr Andreotti; he's the Italian PM; its his turn". @faisalislam 

News with authority, style, accessibility from the days when ITN ruled the roost and Alastair Burnet was the King.

Wonderful tribute to Alastair Burnet by @alstewitn  et al tonight on ITV doc about TV news, Confess it brought a tear to my eye.