Sky anchor has her own good news: Anna Botting is expecting her first child at the age of 44
10:36 GMT, 7 May 2012
She may be a familiar face on Sky, but it seems viewers may have to get used to seeing someone else present their late night news in a few months time.
News anchor Anna Botting is expecting her first child and is due to give birth in four months time.
The 44-year-old will no doubt be shopping for a few maternity suits to wear as her baby bump continues to grow.
Mother-to-be: Sky News anchor Anna Botting is expecting her first child at the age of 44
The award-winning anchor is expecting with her 45-year-old partner Nick Purdue who she lives with in Surrey.
However, despite being pregnant, Anna – who was once sent a 550 engagement ring from a smitten fan – admits she isn't in a rush to wed Nick.
‘We have talked about marriage but we’ve made no plans,' she said. 'Well, Nick has talked about it more than me.'
The happy couple met in Morzine five and a half years ago where Nick was working as a ski guide and clearly they felt that now was the right time to start a family.
However, some may be wondering if Anna will take a well-earned break from her successful career to enjoy motherhood.
Career woman: Anna receives posture training from English National Ballet dancer Jennie Harrington at the Sky New Centre in west London
The blonde star – who
was the Royal Television Society’s presenter of the year – currently
presents Sky News at Ten, Sky News at Eleven and Sky Midnight News, but
these are hardly working hours suited to new mothers.
‘Having a child this late in her career won’t make a difference,' a friend of Anna's insisted. 'She’s Sky’s rising star.
'She presented the Royal Wedding and this year hosted London’s mayoral hustings. She’s on the up and up.’
Anna first joined Sky News in 1995 as a reporter, before moving into the studio to anchor the news.
During the 1997 election she shadowed
Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown, day-in day-out, for the whole
six weeks of the campaign and was also the first journalist to arrive at
Kensington Palace the day Princess Diana died.