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Judy Finnigan: Vicious comments on social media drive women out of TV

Richard and Judy chat to Lucy. Credit: ITV News.

Presenter Judy Finnigan has said scrutiny from the media led to her decision to end her television career.

Being interviewed alongside husband Richard Madeley for ITV News Granada Reports, the presenter, 70, said she had "developed an allergy" to working on television.

She said: "Part of that is being fed up of being trailed after by paparazzi and people like that, you get to the point where you just think 'I don't want anything to do with it any more'."

But she said the scrutiny had not stopped since she stopped appearing on screen.

She said: "I've not been on telly for ages and I don't want to do any more, it's fine, I'm having a lovely time, but they still bloody follow me around, the paparazzi."

Finnigan, who presented ITV's flagship daytime programme This Morning with her husband from 1988 until 2001, also spoke out about how comments on social media affect women.

She said: "I do know quite a lot of women in television now who are finding it very hard to agree to appear on things because they get such vicious comments on social media and I think it is much worse for women."

The couple. interviewed by Lucy Meacock as she marked her 30th year on Granada Reports, met while working on the north-west news programme.

They revealed they shared their first kiss after covering the Blackpool Illuminations switch-on.

I do know quite a lot of women in television who are finding it very hard to agree to appear on things because they get such viscous comments on social media.

– Judy Finnigan

Richard and Judy, who have been married for 32 years, met while working at Granada Reports.

The couple launched This Morning at Liverpool's Albert Dock in October 1988 and presented the programme for more than 10 years.

Stars turn out for Discovery Ball

Saturday evening was a glitzy affair as the stars turned out to support the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital at their annual Discovery Ball. The night was to raise funds for clinical research for the UK's largest children's hospital which treats over 200,000 children each year.

The hospital is five-years-old this year and they are continuing to improve the service they provide.

The Discovery Ball was held at the swanky Hilton Hotel in Manchester and the evening's entertainment was provided by a North West line up.

TV legends Richard and Judy hosted the evening with Bolton's Dave Spikey providing the comedy and Denton's Mick Hucknall, of Simply Red fame ending the evening on a high with three songs from his 1992 album 'Stars'.

A surprise acoustic performance came from Elbow's Guy Garvey and Craig Potter who both hail from Bury.

The charity was aiming to make £120,000 on the night from a silent auction and they managed to smash this total and raised over £130,000.

There's more information on the charity's work at rmchcharity.org.uk.

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Stars help out hospital

Guests attending the star-studded Discovery Ball, in support of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity, have raised thousands of pounds for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The event was hosted by broadcasting legends Richard and Judy, who were joined by Simply Red's Mick Hucknall and Elbow's Guy Garvey and Craig Potter.

The event is to support the expansion of the hospital's world-class children's clinical research facility.

The facility treats children not only from Manchester, but also across the world and conducts leading research into childhood illnesses including many life limiting conditions.

As a proud Mancunian I was more than happy to get involved and lend my support to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.

The event is supporting a very special project which will make a difference to the lives of children across the North West and beyond.

– Mick Hucknall