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David Frost: that was the wake that was

13 March 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Host of stars and 2,000 wellwishers pay respects at memorial for Stakhanovite broadcaster, who died last August

Sir David Frost pulled off his last big showbusiness coup on Thursday, albeit posthumously, when a memorial plaque to the broadcaster's 50-year career in television was unveiled in the floor of Westminster Abbey in the presence of the Prince of Wales and 2,000 other members of the Frostie fan club.

Not bad for a Methodist minister's son from Kent who never slept a night away from home or touched alcohol until he went to Cambridge. As Greg Dyke, Frost's old boss at both TV-am and the BBC, observed in his address from the pulpit, he made up for it afterwards. "White wine is a non-alcoholic drink," was a Frost saying.

Frost's career always had an improbable aspect to it, no more so than on Thursday when the dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, led a »

- Michael White

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Stars turn out to honour Sir David Frost

13 March 2014 7:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Memorial service at Westminster Abbey attended by more than 2,000 people including Prince Charles and Sir Michael Parkinson

The Prince of Wales was among more than 2,000 people paying tribute to late broadcaster Sir David Frost at a service in Westminster Abbey.

They were joined by famous faces from the worlds of politics and showbusiness including Sir Michael Parkinson, Lord Owen and Joanna Lumley.

Other royal guests invited to the memorial service included the Countess of Wessex, the Duke of York and his daughter Princess Beatrice.

Charles was joined by Frost's widow, Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, to lay flowers on a memorial stone dedicated to the broadcaster who died last August aged 74.

Among the great and the good who spoke to honour him were BBC director-general Tony Hall and Parkinson, who delivered readings.

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall, said Frost was "amongst our greatest communicators".

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Susanna Reid opens up about Dominic Cotton split: 'We're still talking'

12 March 2014 4:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Susanna Reid has opened up about her split from Dominic Cotton.

The BBC Breakfast presenter confirmed last month that she and the father to her three children had ended their long relationship.

Speaking at the Tric Awards yesterday (March 11), Reid told the audience upon receiving her Newsreader of the Year prize: "It's been a challenging couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone that voted.

"Obviously you know that things have been changing in my life but this is all down to one team, the team at BBC Breakfast, who have been utterly brilliant."

Meanwhile, Reid told The Mirror that she is still on good terms with her former partner.

She said: "I'm still talking to Dom. He is one of my best friends in the world. It has been tough but we are sorting it out. He is a great dad to the kids."

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BBC's Susanna Reid switches to new ITV breakfast show

3 March 2014 4:24 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter to join Sky's Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher on Good Morning Britain as Daybreak is axed

Susanna Reid will front new ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain after the broadcaster confirmed on Monday it was dumping ill-fated Daybreak after less than four years on air.

ITV has turned to Reid, who presents rival morning show Breakfast on BBC1, to present the new show alongside Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher.

Hawkins has been hired from Sky News, where she fronts the Sunrise breakfast programme alongside Eamonn Holmes. Shephard is a presenter on ITV and Sky Sports and will be a familiar face to ITV breakfast viewers as a former presenter of GMTV.

The fourth face of the new show, Sean Fletcher, is a previous news and sport presenter across the BBC, including Breakfast, and is currently on Sky Sports.

ITV said Good Morning Britain would launch »

- John Plunkett

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Daybreak is axed: Good Morning Britain to be hosted by Susanna Reid

3 March 2014 2:38 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Susanna Reid has quit the BBC for a role hosting ITV's new flagship breakfast show Good Morning Britain.

Daybreak has been officially axed by ITV and the new series will start later this year.

BBC Breakfast's Reid will be joined on the show by former GMTV host Ben Shephard, Sky Sunrise's Charlotte Hawkins and Sky Sports presenter Sean Fletcher.

Speculation about Reid being poached by ITV has been rife in the tabloids since she proved to be a popular figure on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

Reid is currently on leave from BBC Breakfast, following the breakdown of her relationship with long-term partner Dominic Cotton.

Her regular Breakfast co-host Bill Turnbull expressed sadness following news of her departure from the corporation, wishing Reid the best in her new role.

Sorry to be losing @susannareid100 from the sofa. Great broadcaster, great colleague, great friend. Wishing her all the best.

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ITV's Daybreak renamed Good Morning Britain

28 February 2014 1:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Susanna Reid is set to host a revival of 'Good Morning Britain' from next week. The newsreader will replace Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly as the face of the revamped ITV breakfast show, which is being renamed from its current moniker 'Daybreak', according to The Sun newspaper. The new name harks back to the show's 80s heyday and TV bosses are hopeful the long-running programme will be revitalised and ratings boosted by its fourth dramatic overhaul to date. Susanna, who currently helms BBC1 rival 'Breakfast', will anchor 'Good Morning Britain' from Mondays to Thursdays with the help of two new male presenters »

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Susanna Reid holds talks with ITV over revamped breakfast show

17 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Broadcaster reported to be courting BBC1 Breakfast presenter following a review that could result in Daybreak being axed

ITV has held talks with BBC presenter Susanna Reid in a bid to revive its fortunes in the TV breakfast wars.

The BBC1 Breakfast presenter's stock has risen since her turn on Strictly Come Dancing in the autumn and ITV is understood to want Reid to front a revamped rival early morning show.

Reid is reported to have been offered £1m by ITV to change channels, but sources said the estimates were excessive. However, she is sure to earn far more than the £250,000 she is currently believed to be paid at the BBC is she moves to ITV.

ITV has just completed a review of its ill-starred breakfast show Daybreak, which has stumbled through various incarnations and presenter line-ups since replacing GMTV three-and-a-half years ago, but still trails far behind its BBC1 rival in the ratings. »

- John Plunkett

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