Adrian Chiles' 6m GMTV disruption
- Bang Showbiz
- 20 April 2010
'The One Show' host Adrian Chiles' £6 million move to ITV - where he will front 'GMTV' and football coverage - will apparently cause presenters Ben Shephard and Andrew Castle to lose their jobs
Adrian Chiles' £6 million move to ITV will reportedly cause Ben Shephard and Andrew Castle to lose their 'GMTV' jobs.
The TV host's switch from the BBC - which was announced yesterday (19.04.10) and will see him front both 'GMTV' and ITV's football coverage - has left 'GMTV' stars terrified their jobs are at threat now Adrian had been lined up to present the morning show five days a week.
An ITV source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The shake up on 'GMTV' will be huge."
At the moment, the two male hosts are expected to lose their presenting slots to the 43-year-old TV star, while Kate Garraway and Emma Crosby fear their jobs could also be in jeopardy as show executives try to find Adrian the perfect co-star.
Part of their concerns lie with the rumours Adrian is desperate for his 'The One Show' co-star Christine Bleakley - who he is good friends with - to join him on the 'GMTV' sofa.
It is also believed the network is keen to bring in Myleene Klass, who Adrian previously appeared alongside on the 'The One Show', if Christine won't go with him.
The source added: "We're delighted to get Adrian. He is going to be central to our breakfast broadcasts and our football coverage. Adrian started 'The One Show' with Myleene and is great with Christine too, so we want one of them to join him to form a dream 'GMTV' team."
Adrian's move will also make him ITV's highest-earning daytime star, with a new salary of £1.5 million a year for the next four years.
However, while Adrian is keen to bring Christine with him as he switches network, the 31-year-old Northern Irish beauty is happy where she is.
Her spokesman said: "She hoped he'd stay, but is very happy at 'The One Show'. Her BBC contract is not up for renewal until later this year."
Adrian and Christine appeared on the magazine show together at 7pm last night (19.04.10), where they joked about the "volcanic trouble" which had been caused while he was away on holiday last week.
The TV star's move came after plans by the BBC to replace him on 'The One Show's Friday night episodes by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans.