Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky to leave Five

Natasha Kaplinsky Kaplinsky gave birth to a baby daughter earlier this year

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TV newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky is to leave Five at the end of the year, the commercial channel has confirmed.

The 38-year-old has presented news bulletins for the channel since 2008, having previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Sky.

A Five spokeswoman said the mother of two was leaving by mutual agreement.

Kaplinsky has two children with husband Justin Bower - a boy named Arlo born in 2008 and a girl named Angelica Pearl in April this year.

The Five presenter was said to have become the UK's highest-paid newsreader when she signed a deal reported to be worth £1 million.

Hired to replace Kirsty Young, Kaplinsky was responsible for an immediate ratings boost for Five's early evening news bulletin.

The newscaster was absent from the programme on two occasions when she took maternity leave.

Kaplinsky announced her first pregnancy to viewers live on air.

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