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Donna Traynor: BBC reporter discusses career and resignation

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BBC Northern Ireland Newsline anchor Donna Traynor announced her departure after almost 33 years on Twitter yesterday. She wrote: “It is with deep sadness that, after almost 33 years, I am leaving the job that I love and resigning from BBC Northern Ireland with immediate effect.

“Because this is the subject of ongoing employment tribunal and other legal proceedings, I am not able to respond to any questions or comments about my reasons for leaving the organisation.”

A BBC Northern Ireland spokesman said: “We do not comment on individual staff matters.”

The 56-year-old returned to screens across Northern Ireland earlier this year following a three-month absence.

Many social media users were quick to pay tribute to her career and skill.

RTÉ and BBC broadcaster Audrey Carville said: “Really sorry to read this Donna. Will very much miss your professionalism and credibility on our screens. Wishing you well.”

Political journalist Gavan Reilly wrote: “Really sorry to read this, Donna.

“Mind yourself and hopefully see you back on screen soon.”

Kevin MacDermott said: “Donna, I had the pleasure of working with you and BBC NI in the early 90s.

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“I just want to say thank you for being a wonderful colleague and a role model to so many. I wish you well in the future and in your dealings with the BBC.

“Thank you for all you have done.”

Presenter Audrey Carville posted: “Really sorry to read this Donna.

“Will very much miss your professionalism and credibility on our screens. Wishing you well.”

BBC Northern Ireland correspondent Jayne McCormack tweeted: So sad to read this, you were a constant presence when I was growing up watching the news and getting to work with you was a privilege. Take care.”

Ms Traynor, 56, began her broadcasting career at RTÉ before joining the BBC IN 1989.

Initially she worked in radio before moving across the TV in the early 90s.

Among her numerous achievements, she was the first TV journalist to report the Provisional IRA ceasefire in 1994.

It marked a key turning point in The Troubles and paved the way for the signing of the Good Friday Agreement four years later.

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