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Former newsreader makes racial discrimination claim against ITV

Former newsreader makes racial discrimination claim against ITV

Lisa Aziz, former Westcountry Tonight newsreader, is taking broadcaster ITV to an employment tribunal over racial discrimination claims.

The 47-year-old alleges that a colleague mimicked Sir Trevor McDonald's accent, while claims of age and sex discrimination have also been made.

She is suing the company for up to £5 million, having been suspended during the summer after allegations of wrongful expenses claims - although she insists she was "set up" in order to be removed from her position.

Responding to the accusations, ITV - which comprises 15 regional licences across the UK - said that an internal investigation found there had been no wrongdoing.

"Given the allegations which have been levelled at the company and a number of employees, we feel that we are left with little choice but to vehemently deny any discriminatory behaviour," it added.

Ms Aziz was the first Asian presenter of a national terrestrial news programme in the UK.