TV newsreader makes comeback after transitioning to femaleposted on 4 October 2016 | posted in News Articles | ( 0 ) Comments
India Willoughby had presented the news for the ITV Border region for more than a decade, presenting as male.
However she quit the role in 2010 to step away from the spotlight – and in the subsequent years has come out as transgender and transitioned to female.
Six years on, she has returned to ITV as a newsreader for the Tyne Tees region – this time as a woman.
She told the Metro: “ITV have been fantastic, it hasn’t been weird or awkward and they have just welcomed me back. “I didn’t feel nervous at all when I walked back through the door again, they made me feel like I was home.
I am just getting my toes back into the water for now, I have a lot to catch up on from over the last 10 years and all of the technology has changed massively.
There are obviously a lot of new faces but I can still have the same banter with the old ones – they have realised that I am the still the same person, I just look different on the outside.
I don’t think that there have been people like me in the public eye in this country before – I wouldn’t want to make myself out to be some kind of an example or anything but it just shows how the nature of TV has changed for the better.
I don’t think that I would have been accepted a few years ago.”
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