GMTV staff in crisis talks

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 June 2010
Kate Garraway

Kate Garraway in crisis talks

'GMTV' presenters Kate Garraway and Emma Crosby are in crisis talks with bosses on the ITV1 morning show after the £6 million signing of Christine Bleakley

Kate Garraway and Emma Crosby are in crisis talks with 'GMTV'.

The two presenters are believed to be worried about their future since 'The One Show's Christine Bleakley signed a £6 million deal to join the show.

The pair are concerned they will become Christine's stand-ins despite her lack of journalistic experience.

A source said: "Bosses are to hold talks with both Kate and Emma his week. Christine's lack of a journalistic background is fine for light 'The One Show' style interviews. But 'GMTV' often has the Prime Minister and Chancellor on and you need people who can square up to them."

'GMTV' is having a complete overhaul in the autumn, with a new name, new style and new presenters. Penny Smith, Andrew Castle and Ben Shephard have all resigned from the show since the dramatic changes were announced, while presenter Lorraine Kelly is expected to sign up for a new contract this week.

Lorraine has previously expressed her concern for her future on the programme 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, the BBC have reportedly banned Christine from working there in future and feel they have been "taken for a ride."

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's fair to say she has upset some important people here who feel taken for a ride, and they won't be rushing to work with her ever again."

The BBC's creative director Alan Yentob told Radio 5 yesterday: "I am disappointed, but we have been in these discussions for a very long time. Christine had said long ago that she wanted to stay, and people were waiting including Chris Evans."

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