No Snooze at Ten for TV an­chor Tom

Crip­pling in­som­nia keeps news star Bradby off air for a MONTH

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Char­lotte Grif­fiths and Katie Hind

HE IS the view­ers’ favourite who was been hailed as the saviour of News At Ten.

But an­chor­man Tom Bradby has been miss­ing from ITV’s flag­ship bul­letin for more than a month with­out ex­pla­na­tion, spark­ing con­cern among the four mil­lion peo­ple who tune in each night.

Now The Mail on Sun­day can re­veal the rea­son for his ab­sence: a chronic bout of in­som­nia.

He has se­cretly en­dured weeks of crip­pling sleep­less­ness that has left him un­able to present the de­mand­ing live pro­gramme, and he may even have to miss the wed­ding of his friend Prince Harry, where he is ex­pected to be a guest.

For­mer Royal cor­re­spon­dent Bradby, who is paid £500,000 a year, has not fronted the bul­letin for five weeks, bar one fleet­ing ap­pear­ance to an­nounce the birth of Prince Louis.

A source close to the news­man said last night: ‘Tom has been off deal­ing with in­som­nia. It looks like he will be off for a fur­ther three weeks as it would be silly for him to re­turn be­fore he has re­cov­ered prop­erly. He is rest­ing and hav­ing some time to re­cu­per­ate but is look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to work as soon as he is ready.’

An ITN col­league added: ‘Tom has been in and out of the of­fice a few times in the past month or so, but he has kept odd hours and hasn’t been able to go on air. His col­leagues have been con­cerned about his pro­longed ab­sence. But ev­ery­one is in the dark as the pow­ers that-be have kept it hush-hush.’

Bradby, 51, who lives in a £1mil­lion house in Hamp­shire with his jew­ellery-de­signer wife Clau­dia, was last seen in pub­lic at a char­ity lunch in Lon­don on March 6, where he looked pale and a lit­tle drawn.

Fans have taken to Twit­ter to en­quire about his ab­sence, ask­ing: ‘Where on earth has Tom Bradby gone?’ One user asked him di­rectly: ‘When are you back on News At 10?’

A friend said that for Bradby to miss the Royal Wed­ding ‘would mean there’s some­thing se­ri­ously wrong. Ev­ery­one is hop­ing to see him there on Satur­day.’

Prince Harry, like his brother Wil­liam, has grown close to Bradby. In 2010, Wil­liam chose him to con­duct his en­gage­ment in­ter­view and then in­vited him to the 2011 wed­ding.

ITN con­firmed that Bradby was off sick.

‘Col­leagues are wor­ried about his ab­sence’

Ad­di­tional re­port­ing: Rob­bie Grif­fiths

MAK­ING HEAD­LINES: Tom Bradby on the pro­gramme and, right, with his wife Clau­dia

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