Penny Smith for BBC?

Penny Smith is allegedly being lined up by BBC bosses to replace 'The One Show' host Christine Bleakley should she defect to ITV1's new weekday morning show alongside Adrian Chiles

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Penny Smith

Penny Smith

Penny Smith is reportedly being eyed up by the BBC.

The former 'GMTV' presenter - who recently quit the breakfast show after 17 years on the sofa - is said to be the host of choice for BBC bosses if current 'The One Show' star Christine Bleakley, 31, leaves to join former co-presenter Adrian Chiles at ITV.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Penny has a proven track record of live television and is popular with viewers."

The 51-year-old newsreader filmed her last day on the ITV1 show earlier this month and revealed it was an emotional experience.

Penny explained: "I did need my waterproof mascara on because I'm a bit of a watering pot! My leaving party went on all day."

However, the move could be in jeopardy if Irish presenter Christine signs a reported £2 million contract to remain at the BBC and front their coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games.

A source close to the star recently revealed: "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."

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