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Inside Trevor McDonald's marriage to Josephine as they split after 34 years


ITN legend Sir Trevor McDonald has split from wife Josephine, reports say, bring their 34-year marriage to an end.

It was claimed that Sir Trevor, 81, and Jo had decided to go their separate ways, with the former moving into his own apartment.

“It is sad but Trevor and Jo realised they weren’t making one another happy any more,” a source said, “and that it was time to move on with their lives.”

The insider added to The Sun : “He and Josephine have a long history so obviously they are still speaking, and everything is amicable.

“Trevor has moved into his own apartment and friends are joking it is his bachelor pad.”

Sir Trevor and Jo are said to have split after 34 years together

They went on that the split is “no secret” among the former couple’s circle of friends.

They share son Jack, 31.

Jo isn’t Sir Trevor’s first wife – he split from ex-wife Beryl in 1985 after 11 years of marriage, with whom he shares two grown-up children, Joanne and Tim.

In 1986, Sir Trevor met and struck up a romance with Josephine after they met at ITN.

The new couple tied the knot that same year.

Sir Trevor married Jo in 1986

Back in 2004, it was reported that the couple underwent a “trial separation”, with Sir Trevor said to have moved from the family’s south-west London home into a flat nearby.

He regularly returned to the home during the period, with it said at the time that both were confident their marriage would survive.

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Both Sir Trevor and Jo have kept their marriage a private affair, though he did tell during an interview that she struggles to cope with the amount of time he devotes to his work.

Sir Trevor’s media career began in 1962 as a newsreader in Trinidad.

He made the move to London seven years after, where he worked for the BBC World Service before joining ITN in the early ’70s.

Sir Trevor was the first British journalist to interview Nelson Mandela after his release from prison

Career milestones for the broadcasting veteran include being the first British journalist to interview Nelson Mandela after his prison release in 1990.

He also held the only ever British interview with Saddam Hussein.

In 2005, Sir Trevor announced his retirement from newsreading, but returned to News at Ten three years later.

He read his last bulletin in 2008, and has since delved into presenting roles for travel and crime documentaries.





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