The remaining presenters – Andrew Castle, Kate Garraway and Emma Crosby – showbiz reporter Richard Arnold and weather girl Clare Nasir face an uncertain future as rumours fly that they’ll all be dropped in the summer.
The Daily Mail says it has learned that ITV boss Peter Fincham and daytime controller Alison Sharman are in favour of the move. Former BBC presenter Adrian Chiles, who’s signed a £6million deal with ITV, takes his place on the sofa in September. GMTV is expected to go off air, undergo a revamp and then return with Chiles at the helm.
An insider told the paper: "Quite honestly, everyone is running scared. Nobody knows what is happening as they are all waiting for Ian Rumsey [incoming editor] to arrive. But it looks like everyone will be going." Penny Smith, who has been with GMTV since 1993, is already on her way out and Ben Shephard has quit.
Lorraine Kelly has been quoted as saying: "It is very unsettling for everyone. It’s a tough time as no one knows what is going to happen. All we can do is pull together and hope for the best."
Meanwhile, Kate Garraway has admitted: "I’m worried, everyone is. Still, I’ve been here for 10 years and I’m so grateful for that. Anything else will be a bonus. We’re just keeping our fingers crossed."
Personally, I wouldn’t bet against further changes because, until fairly recently, GMTV used to lead the way in the ratings. Now it is regularly beaten by the more serious BBC Breakfast which averages around 1.2 million viewers daily to GMTV’s 700,000.
An ITV spokesman apparently told the Daily Mail: "No final decisions have been made." However, the speculation about the future of GMTV’s presenters continues.
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