Presenters confirmed for GMTV replacement show Daybreak

The new presenting team for Daybreak, the replacement show for breakfast show GMTV, has been announced.

As reported a number of months ago, Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles are to take on the main presenting roles, moving from the BBC’s The One Show for their new challenge.

Current anchor Kate Garraway has secured a glitzy new role as entertainment editor, a job which will see her cover the major showbiz stories from around the world, including interviewing some of the biggest A-list stars.

The excited presenter, who has been with GMTV for almost 10 years, said she can’t wait for her new job. "This is a fantastic opportunity to spread my wings in an exciting new role. Show-business is big business and Daybreak will be the place for all the big interviews and stories,” she said.

Joining Kate will be Steve Hargrave, who will join the new team as entertainment correspondent. However the current showbiz reporters, LA-based Scot Carla Romano – who has been with GMTV for 10 years - and Richard Arnold will not be joining the new team at Daybreak.

Carla said: “I can honestly say that the last ten years at GMTV have been like a rollercoaster...exciting, scary, hilarious and unpredictable. But most of all never dull. Here in LA I have interviewed and got to know some of the world’s biggest stars, in fact I think I've managed to get through all of them!

“But Hollywood has become my home and, given my personal ties here, this is where I need to be at the moment.  It is time to start a new chapter and to explore opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic. I wish GMTV all the best in the future and hope that it continues to be the best that it is. “

John Stapleton will continue on the show, taking on the role as special correspondent, fronting investigations and hard-hitting interviews, and Richard Gaisford will also stay with the current team, in the position of chief correspondent.

GMTV’s resident doctor, Hilary Jones, will be given the role of health editor, while new recruit Grainne Seoige will join the team as the features editor.

Daybreak will launch in the autumn, and Alison Sharman, the director of ITV factual, daytime and GMTV, said that the new show will aim to “reclaim the top breakfast show spot”.

 “Daybreak plays a key part in ITV’s ongoing transformation and reflects the fact that creative renewal lies at the heart of our schedule, which is being modernised and improved under Peter Fincham.

"Since acquiring GMTV we have carried out a thorough review and set out to transform and significantly invest in a business that had been lagging behind its competitors in recent years. Change, both on and off screen, is an essential part of the process in our bid to reclaim the top breakfast show spot.”

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