Daybreak editor quits

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 July 2011
Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles

Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley

Ian Romsey is to step down as editor of 'Daybreak', much to the fury of staff on the show

'Daybreak's editor Ian Rumsey is to step down from the show.

Staff on the ITV flagship breakfast show are "shocked" by the move, which will see Ian - who has helped the show since its launch last September - depart at the end of the year, though ITV Studios are to step in and take over running the programme from this September.

Ian revealed in an email to staff: "The transition to ITV Studios is a logical and exciting step. I also think it's a suitable time for me to make this move. The past year has been tough sometimes. Tiring, yes. And fun, definitely."

However, one staff member said: "This has shocked those working on the show. We are very sad to see Ian go and feel it's wrong that such an inspirational leader is leaving."

Insiders on the programme say staff are furious with the move as they believe he is being axed to save under-fire hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, who have been widely criticised for their performances on the show.

The source told The Sun newspaper: "They are very talented people but are they right for ITV breakfast? It doesn't matter what we think - the viewers are answering that question. The wrong person is going here.

"It's like a football team losing and the chairman has to go. But you've still got the same two strikers up front."

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