Adam Rickitt and GMB wife 'gutted and upset' over tragic news: 'Wish I was as nice as you'

The programme received a second BAFTA in 2013 for coverage of the Independent Panel into the Hillsborough Disaster.

The late ITV presenter joined Granada from the BBC in 2003.

Last year he was shortlisted by the Royal Television Society in the Nations and Regions Presenter of the Year category.

Tony’s daughters confirmed the news of his death, taking to Twitter saying: “We lost our incredible dad on Saturday morning. He was more than a parent, he was also our best friend.

“We are utterly heartbroken, but so grateful for the time we had with him. We will be offline with family for a while, but so appreciative of the lovely messages.”