BBC struggle to replace Christine Bleakley

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 July 2010
Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Bosses on 'The One Show' are reportedly holding 'X Factor' style auditions as they search for a replacement for Christine Bleakley

BBC bosses have interviewed 10 women to replace Christine Bleakley on 'The One Show'.

Network executives are reportedly hosting 'X Factor' style auditions as they desperately find a new presenter to co-host the early-evening show alongside Jason Manford.

The producers plan to interview even more women, and are thought to be looking for a cheaper presenter than the big-name stars - including Tess Daly, who insiders claim wanted £400,000.

Auditionees include 'Sky News' host Charlotte Hawkins, 35, and Liz Bonnin, 33, who hosts BBC science show 'Bang Goes the Theory'.

A 'One Show' source told The Sun newspaper: "The clock is ticking as we want to relaunch the show in a few weeks.

"But we want to get this right - it's vital that they have chemistry with Jason."

Christine Bleakley - who fronted 'The One Show' on BBC One since it launched three years ago - joined ITV in a three-year exclusive deal last month.

The TV presenter, 31, is moving to the rival network, where she will join her former co-host Adrian Chiles on ITV1's new flagship daytime show 'Daybreak' as well as working on a number of primetime programmes.

She had spent weeks deciding whether to take up the ITV1 offer or stay with the BBC.

But after she failed to decide which network she wanted to work at, the BBC "regretfully withdrew" their offer in the interests of their audience.

Christine said at the time: "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'."

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