Adrian Chiles to front chatshow

Adrian Chiles is to front his own chatshow in a bid to turn the host into the UK's answer to Australian king of chat Clive James

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Adrian Chiles

Adrian Chiles

Adrian Chiles is to front his own chatshow.

The Brummie broadcaster - who currently fronts 'Daybreak' alongside Christine Bleakley - has been given the opportunity to host 'That Sunday Night Show' in an ITV1 bid to turn the 43-year-old star into the UK's answer to Australian king of chat Clive James.

In addition to holding exclusive chats with celebrity guests during the show - which is to be piloted in December - football pundit Adrian will also look at the week's current events.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "It will be built around Adrian's personality, so it will have humour and be thought-provoking. We see him as a successor to Clive James, they share the same wry approach to life."

Meanwhile, the presenter's co-host Christine Bleakley - who left BBC One's 'The One Show' as part of a £4 million deal to launch the new morning programme in September - has blamed Daybreak's poor ratings on "teething problems", and has vowed to stick by the show.

The brunette beauty claimed despite the number of viewers slumping to just 530,000 - a third of that of its rival 'BBC Breakfast' - she always knew it would be difficult to replace ITV1 morning favourite 'GMTV'.

Christine said: "We always knew it was going to be hard. Any show has its teething problems. We knew going in that the ratings would drop, we were waiting for it - and people are treating it like it's something unexpected.

"It's always difficult to launch a new show and I'm exhausted - getting up at 3am every day takes its toll on you - but I'm not going anywhere. It's unfortunate other people don't quite believe in us yet."

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