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Former Tyne Tees presenter Kathy Secker dies aged 70

Kathy moved into television in 1979 when she won a competition to be the new face of Tyne Tees. Photo: Radio Newcastle

Former Tyne Tees and Radio Newcastle presenter Kathy Secker has died, her family has announced.

Kathy, 70, moved into television in 1979 when she won a competition to be the new face of Tyne Tees.

She left the station in 1985 before returning five years later. In 1993, she became chief announcer alongside Bill Steel.

Kathy presented 'Tonight' in 1996 and several programmes, including 'Kathy & Co', for Tyne Tees until she joined the BBC in 1998.

She was loved by a generation of viewers as the presenter of the birthday slot announcing celebratory messages from viewers twice a day.

Kathy, who was born in Bedlington, Northumberland was a fundraiser for Sunderland Hospice.

She worked as a fashion model and appeared in commercials, but always said that her children were her proudest achievement.

She had two children, two stepchildren and two grandchildren. Her daughter Jayne followed in her mother's footsteps becoming a presenter on Sky News.

We know Kathy was held in the hearts of many in the North East from her years presenting with Tyne Tees and BBC Radio, and for her work founding and building Grace House in Sunderland.

To her family though she was just a much loved mum, sister, step-mum and Glamma.

We are all so shocked and sad and ask that we be left to grieve at this time.

– Family statement

Everyone at ITV Tyne Tees was deeply saddened to hear the news of Kathy's death.

She was a much-loved presenter in the region and viewers still talk about the excitement they felt when Kathy read out their name on the Tyne Tees birthday slot.

She was loved, too, by staff and remained a close friend to many. We will remember her for her lovely smile and personality to match.

She'll be much-missed and we send our condolences to her family and friends.

– Michaela Byrne, Head of News, ITV Tyne Tees

Kathy Secker died at her home in Jesmond earlier this week.

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