Christine Bleakley offered Olympic 2m?

Christine Bleakley is set to be the face of the BBC's 2012 Olympic coverage, as the BBC try to woo the star to stay with a £2 million contract

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Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley is set to sign a £2 million contract to front the BBC's 2012 Olympic coverage.

The Irish presenter is reportedly in negotiations to sign a new deal with the network - where she fronts 'The One Show' - who are desperate to keep her when her current contract expires in October.

A source close to the star said: "Christine knows that at the BBC she will be a major player now and will be in line to get big opportunities as well as being guaranteed to front the Olympics."

The deal would make Christine one of the highest paid stars at the BBC, and friends close to her say she will be signing the new contract in the next two weeks - despite rumours she had been offered £6 million to join her former 'One Show' co-star Adrian Chiles on 'GMTV'.

The source told the Daily Mail newspaper: "At ITV, she would have gone from hosting 'The One Show', which regularly pulls in four million, to suffering through 4am wake-up calls on 'GMTV', which is lucky to get a million viewers a day.

"Christine knew that it didn't make much sense."

The star dumped her agent last week and is expected to join the same management as her friend, 'Big Brother' presenter Davina McCall - who she has apparently been taking advice from about the prospective BBC contract.

The source said: "Christine has been taking a lot of advice from Davina, who has been urging her to do what she feels is best for her."

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