Christine Bleakley pleased with Daybreak

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 March 2011
Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley thinks the public are finally being won over by 'Daybreak', after the ITV1 morning show suffered a shaky start

Christine Bleakley thinks the public are finally being won over by 'Daybreak'.

The ITV1 morning show was launched last September in a huge blaze of publicity and, while it was initially panned by the critics and had poor viewing figures, Christine thinks it's really starting to work.

The Northern Irish beauty - who co-hosts the show with Adrian Chiles - said: "I've noticed a real change in people's attitudes since Christmas. They come up and say, 'We loved this' or 'We loved that', the way they used to when we were on 'The One Show'. Executives can do as much research as they like, but Adrian and I have always said we know how people feel because we get it face to face. We've definitely turned a corner."

The former 'One Show' host - who moved to ITV after quitting the BBC just weeks after Adrian did - also denied claims she joined the network because of the huge salary they were offering her.

She told Live magazine: "No, I didn't move to ITV for the money. Some people would like to believe that, but it's absolutely not the case. I was very lucky to move to ITV, and of course I'm not doing it for free, but that wasn't the reason. I just love my job and always have done. I still get butterflies when I walk into a studio. It hasn't lost any of its magic or excitement. I'm not a flashy person by anybody's standards. I don't really think money is a pleasant thing to talk about, but I like making sure things are ticking along nicely for my family. By the time you pay out your bits and pieces, people assume you've got more than you have anyway."

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