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Emma Crosby to front Five news

Emma Crosby
Image caption Crosby has also presented on Sky and BBC News channel

Former GMTV presenter Emma Crosby is to replace Natasha Kaplinsky on Five news.

Crosby, 33, was dropped from the ITV morning show last year ahead of its Daybreak relaunch.

She will join the Five news team on 14 February and will anchor the daily 1900 bulletin.

"Channel Five News have always enjoyed the reputation of offering viewers something a little bit different and I am over the moon to be part of that," Crosby said.

Her old university friend, Matt Barbet, will front the 1700 edition.

"I'm thrilled we have signed two of the brightest talents in the business to front our news programmes," said Five's news editor David Kermode.

Five's new owner, Richard Desmond, is revamping the channel but its news will continue to be produced by Sky.

Kaplinsky was said to have become the UK's highest-paid newsreader when she signed a reported £1m deal in 2008.

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

Kaplinsky left at the end of last year when a Five spokeswoman said the former BBC newsreader was leaving by mutual agreement.

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