Huw Edwards ‘eyes up’ Piers Morgan’s empty chair and sounds out ITV bosses about trading BBC News at 10 for Good Morning Britain
Die BBC newsreader, 60, who has spent nearly twenty years hosting the BBC News at Ten, was said to have been in talks with ITV bosses about fillling Piers’ empty seat on the show.
Volgens Die tye, sources suggested Huw was ‘keen’ on becoming one of ITV’s leading presenters after nearly four decades at the BBC, since joining as a trainee in 1984.
BBC newsreader Huw Edwards, 60, was said to have been in talks with ITV bosses about fillling Piers Morgan’s empty seat on the show – but the talks did not materialise into a job offer
He was reportedly hoping to continue as the BBC’s lead presenter for significant national moments while also taking up the new role at ITV, but has since told his colleagues that the talks did not materialise into a job offer.
It comes after Piers famously quit the morning show in March in the wake of his reaction to Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The 56-year-old journalist was forced to quit GMB after he refused to apologise for his ‘honestly held opinions’ after claiming he didn’t ‘believe a word’ Meghan Markle tydens haar Oprah Winfrey-onderhoud gesê, eerste uitsending op CBS op Maart 7, leading to a tense exchange with co-star Alex Beresford.
His co-host Susanna Reid, 50, stayed in the post following his departure, while she has been joined by a host of temporary co-stars including Richard Bacon, Richard Madeley and Alastair Campbell – whose recruitment has been deemed ‘a low point’.
It comes after Piers (pictured with co-host Susanna Reid) famously quit the morning show in March in the wake of his reaction to Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey
Meghan made a formal complaint to Ofcom about the TV host after he dismissed her account of suffering suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the Royal Family
It later emerged that Meghan made a formal complaint to Ofcom about the TV host after he dismissed her account of suffering suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the Royal Family.
Egter, in September the regulator sensationally cleared Mr Morgan over his comments about the Hertogin van Sussex, which had sparked 50,000 complaints allegeding that what he said was ‘harmful’ and ‘highly offensive’.
The UK’s broadcasting watchdog called attempts to silence the MailOnline columnist a ‘chilling restriction on freedom of expression’.
Piere’ departure from GMB cost ITV around 790,000 viewers and millions more in advertising revenue with the ratings gap between GMB and rival BBC Breakfast growing.