Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles put on four-day week

Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles have been put on a four-day week on 'Daybreak', with Kate Garraway and Dan Lobb stepping in to fill their shoes on a Friday

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Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles have been put on a four-day week.

The 'Daybreak' co-hosts - who moved to ITV from the BBC in a £10 million deal to launch the new breakfast show, which replaced 'GMTV', 11 months ago - will now only front the programme Monday to Thursday, with Kate Garraway and Dan Lobb stepping in to fill their shoes on a Friday.

However, their pay will remain the same.

An ITV source told the Daily Mail newspaper: "This is symptomatic of just how difficult things are on 'Daybreak' at the moment. We need to recapture the warmth of 'GMTV' and viewers adore Kate, especially when she is teamed with Dan.

"They haven't taken to Adrian so well and they are only just starting to warm to Christine."

The move will take place after the Rugby World Cup in September, which will see a number of early morning matches shown in place of 'Daybreak' owing to the time difference in New Zealand, where the sporting event is being held.

'Daybreak' has been beset with problems since it launched amid great fanfare last September and still only draws in an average of 700,000 viewers, which is half of its rival 'BBC Breakfast' and 100,000 fewer than its predecessor 'GMTV'.

Just last month, the show's editor Ian Rumsey stepped down from his role, with insiders claiming he was axed to save under-fire Adrian and Christine.

One said: "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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