Natasha Kaplinsky shows off baby boy

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky has released the first pictures of her baby boy.

The Five News presenter’s baby – who has not yet been named – was born at a London hospital on Thursday at 8.30am.

The black-and-white photographs were taken of the nipper, alongside Natasha and her investment banker husband Justin Bower, at five days’ old. They were shown exclusively on Five News on Tuesday night.

Natasha, 36, made her debut as the face of Five’s news coverage, in a deal reported to be worth £1 million a year, in February.

Her first broadcast attracted one million viewers – almost double the usual audience.

The move to Five marked the latest in a career that has seen Natasha make an almost complete tour of the British news networks.

Since first being selected to present the early morning news bulletins at ITV Meridian in 1997, she has worked for ITV London, Sky News and BBC Breakfast before moving to the station’s Six O’Clock News.

During her time on the first series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, she was linked to her dance partner Brendan Cole but has denied there was any romance.

She caused a stir when she moved to Five by admitting she was not worth her reputed £1 million salary.

At Five, Natasha replaced Kirsty Young, who became pregnant with her second child, Iona, while at the broadcaster, where she famously used to read the news perched on a desk.