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Ian Robert Payne (born 25 November 1968 in Ipswich, Suffolk[1]) is an English presenter currently employed by ITV.

Ian Payne
Ian Robert Payne

(1968-11-25) 25 November 1968 (age 50)
Years active1992–present



Prior to his TV work he studied sport at Northumbria Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) and did a placement with TV Sport and Leisure (TSL) in 1998.[1]

He appeared on an edition of Blockbusters in the early 1990s.

In 1992 he joined ITV Tyne Tees as a sports assistant. Ten years later he became a sports presenter. On 25 September 2006, Payne was promoted to a news presenter on the now defunct South edition ITV News Tyne Tees. On 13 February 2009 the final North and South editions of the programme aired. On 25 February 2009, ITV Tyne Tees and ITV Border merged news output whilst the respective programme titles were retained, Payne now presents both ITV News Tyne Tees and Lookaround.[1][2]


In 2008 Ian was honoured by Northumbria University for ‘Distinguished Services to Sport’ and in 2009 he was named ‘Best Presenter’ by the Royal Television Society North East and Cumbria.

Personal lifeEdit

He has two sons.[1] In an interview Payne said the aspect of his job he enjoys the most is current affairs, sport and the passion he has for the North East.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Ian Payne: Staying at the sharp end of TV Francesca Craggs, The Journal, April 2010
  2. ^ Tyne Tees news presenters axed in cost cuts, ChronicleLive, 3 December 2008
  3. ^ Ian Payne, Presenter Skillset

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