Christine Bleakley's ITV move

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 June 2010
Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley is moving to ITV in a new three-year exclusive deal which will see her star alongside Adrian Chiles on the network's new morning show, which will replace 'GMTV'

Christine Bleakley is joining ITV in a three-year exclusive deal.

The TV presenter - who has fronted 'The One Show' on BBC One since it launched three years ago - is moving to the rival network, where she will join her former co-host Adrian Chiles on ITV1's new flagship daytime show as well as working on a number of primetime shows.

Christine said: "I am looking forward to a brand new experience at ITV albeit with an old friend.

"I have had the most wonderful three years at the BBC and 'The One Show'. It has consumed my life in that time and I would not have had it any other way; I have made great friends and met some incredible people."

The BBC withdrew their offer of a new contract for Christine yesterday (20.06.10), after she failed to decide which network she wanted to work at.

A spokesperson said they "have regretfully withdrawn our offer as we have to put the interests of The One Show audience first", after Christine failed to respond to their "full and final offer".

Although the decision was taken out of her hands, the 31-year-old beauty appears to be happy with the move.

She added: "It is with regret that this experience is coming to an end. I have been torn between working with Adrian Chiles and remaining at the BBC. I fully understand the BBC had to move more swiftly than I could, and as a result they've managed to help make my mind up for me."

Earlier this year, Adrian left the 'One Show' after growing frustrated with plans for him to be replaced by Chris Evans on Friday evenings.

He and Christine - who have been known for their screen chemistry - will now co-present ITV's new morning show, which will replace 'GMTV' later this year.

Since Adrian's new role was announced, a number of 'GMTV' stars - including Ben Shepherd, Andrew Castle and Penny Smith - have already resigned.

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