Sir Trevor McDonald is to make his last appearance as co-presenter of News at Ten next month, ITV has announced.

The veteran newsreader will stand down in late November, after presenting coverage of the US elections.

Sir Trevor, 69, returned to ITV when it relaunched News At Ten in January this year, and he will remain with ITV1, continuing his work with the Tonight programme, hosting the National Television Awards and working on documentary projects.

Mark Austin, who was sidelined to make way for Sir Trevor when ITV resurrected its 10pm bulletin, will co-present News At Ten with Julie Etchingham.

Sir Trevor said: “I’ve tremendously enjoyed the opportunity to help re-establish News At Ten over the last year and to work alongside Julie Etchingham, who is a fantastically talented journalist, but I’ve made no secret of the fact that I cannot be in the presenter’s chair forever.

“Anchoring ITV News’ live coverage of a hugely exciting and historic US election seems the opportune moment to leave on a high.”

Austin said: “I am delighted to be joining News At Ten permanently and look forward to working with Julie Etchingham, who is a great journalist and popular presenter.

“It is also an honour to follow in the footsteps of Sir Trevor McDonald.”