After more than two decades on the CTV Calgary anchor desk, Barb Higgins signed off for the last time Thursday night.

Higgins made the announcement with co-anchor Darrel Janz on the CTV News at 6.

Higgins and Janz have anchored the News at 6 since March 5, 1989. Their 21 years of work on the anchor desk earned them the title of the longest serving anchor team in Canada. Together, they have delivered nearly five thousand newscasts to Calgary viewers.

"We often joked our relationship is like a marriage and he will always hold a beautiful place in my heart. As will everyone at CTV," says Higgins.

Higgins has won numerous awards during her time at CTV and has written and produced a number of documentaries and features on topics ranging from the situation facing homeless Calgarians to profiling the fight of a former Calgary firefighter to get benefits from the Workers Compensation Board.

"I would like to thank Calgarians for trusting me and welcoming me into their living rooms – and their lives. It's been an incredible honour to be part of the CTV family," says Higgins.

CTV Calgary Director of News and Public Affairs Kelly Johnston says Higgins will be missed.

"Every day that Barb has been on the desk for CTV, she has used her journalistic skills to enhance our audience's understanding of each and every story. Her passion for news and story telling has been inspiring."

CTV says a decision on Higgins' replacement will be made at a future time