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Lorraine Kelly celebrates 30 years of breakfast TV: 12 classic pictures

29 September 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Congratulations to the loveable Lorraine Kelly, who celebrates 30 years of presenting breakfast television today (September 29).

After receiving a gift of 30 golden cupcakes and Ben Shephard dressed in a kilt on Lorraine Live this morning, the 54-year-old Scottish presenter was also surprised with the announcement that she's set to star on Corrie tonight.

An emotional Kelly responded: "It's been overwhelming and amazing. I can't believe it's been 30 years, it's gone by in a flash, but you know, you're only as good as your team and my team, both on-screen and off-screen, are fabulous, the very best. I'm going to cry!"

Kelly began her TV career as an on-screen reporter covering Scottish news on TV-am in 1984, before moving to presenting on Good Morning Britain in 1990, GMTV with Lorraine between '94 and 2010, Daybreak and Lorraine.

To commemorate three decades of entertaining morning TV, we take a trip down memory lane with 12 classic pictures »

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Lorraine Kelly celebrates 30 years in breakfast television

29 September 2014 6:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Lorraine Kelly celebrated her 30-year career in breakfast television during a special edition of Lorraine today (September 29).

The morning TV stalwart, who had no idea about the surprise-filled show, was joined by a kilt-wearing Ben Shephard as he treated the 54-year-old to a trip down memory lane.

Joined by a host of past colleagues including Timmy Mallett, Anthea Turner and Dr Hilary Jones, Kelly was surprised by the appearance of her daughter Rosie, who joked that she still can't accept all of her mum's past fashion choices.

Former GMTV host Eamonn Holmes also left Kelly a message about their time together working on the programme.

He said: "We thought we were brilliant, we thought we were really good, then there was a review in a posh newspaper, and it just said, 'This programme is presented by two unknown big round faces', isn't that right Lorraine? But what they say is very well and good, »

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Mr Motivator departs BBC's Tumble due to knee injury

28 July 2014 4:57 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mr Motivator has departed BBC One's gymnastics show Tumble.

The fitness expert and former GMTV personality dislocated his knee during a trial run of the show.

Mr Motivator, whose real name is Derrick Evans, will need to undergo surgery to correct the damage done to his knee.

Evans said that he was "devastated" not to be able to continue in what he describes as an "amazing experience".

"A heartfelt thanks goes to all the team but especially my gymnastics partner Kerry and coach Alberto, who have been so supportive and brilliant to work with - I'm sorry our journey has been broken this way," he added.

Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan will replace Evans, it has been reported.

BBC recently released the first cast photo for its upcoming primetime show.

Contestants include Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah, EastEnders star John Partridge, and Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding.

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Is breakfast TV the perfect training ground for politicians?

23 July 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The news that Selina Scott is thinking of standing for the Conservatives adds yet another name to the growing list

It is a question to rival Mrs Merton's famous inquiry of Debbie McGee: "What first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?" What do political parties see in the telegenic, media-savvy, warmth-and-empathy-laden presenters of populist breakfast television shows with their huge, loyal followings among people who have neither the time nor the inclination to engage with politics, or vote for anything other than a face they recognise and associate with good times and somehow the uber-trustworthy face of Everyman's Everyman Phillip Schofield?

Esther McVey, the minister for employment promoted to full member of the Cabinet in the recent reshuffle, is only the latest to have completed the journey from the morning sofa to the corridors of power. In the 1990s, she was a presenter of ITV's GMTV by day »

- Lucy Mangan

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Lara Logan Returns To CBS News After Leave of Absence

4 June 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lara Logan, who took a leave of absence from CBS News starting in late November after presenting a flawed “60 Minutes” report about a 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, has rejoined the CBS Corp. unit, a CBS News spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The spokeswoman, Sonya McNair, did not offer other details, such as when the veteran TV journalist rejoined the network or what assignments she might be pursuing.

Logan’s ersatz suspension came as a result of a CBS News internal review of a Oct. 27 segment broadcast on “60 Minutes,” which the network subsequently  found to be lacking in efforts to substantiate the assertions of a key source, security officer Dylan Davies.

The review of the troubled segment by CBS News executive director of standards and practices Al Ortiz found the reporting “deficient in several respects,” including producers’ inability to check thoroughly the account of Davies, the main source »

- Brian Steinberg

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Good Morning Britain one month on: Is the breakfast show doomed?

29 May 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Judging a breakfast show on its ratings alone is always dangerous.

Watching breakfast TV is a habit and it has to fit into our busy morning schedules, so a slight change to the format can mean that our 10-minute breakfast break with our corn flakes and the telly suddenly coincides with the weather and we'll probably switch channels or even switch off altogether.

Viewers look for familiarity, comfort and something easily digestible in the mornings. BBC Breakfast has nailed all three of these traits over the last five years and for that reason, ITV has been floundering to match them in the early morning ratings war.

GMTV had grown tired and grey, and Daybreak was an ugly explosion of colour and dreadful decisions. The channel's latest attempt to wrestle back viewers, Good Morning Britain, opened with lukewarm reviews one month ago and the ratings have been dropping ever since.

But are the problems terminal? »

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Good Morning Britain review: Steady start for ITV's Us-style breakfast TV

28 April 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Well, it's definitely better than Daybreak.

It might not be the highest praise ever heaped on a breakfast TV show, but ITV's big cheeses will probably be breathing a sigh of relief this afternoon that they haven't found themselves another laughable turkey.

Good Morning Britain: Reactions and reviews round-up

Good Morning Britain launch: As it happens - Live Blog

Despite numerous revamps and hosts, Daybreak was doomed from its opening show, which failed to match the hype and was an uncomfortable hybrid of its predecessor GMTV, ITV's fierce rival BBC Breakfast and most oddly of all, The One Show.

Good Morning Britain's launch has, deliberately, been much more low key. The tabloids have been fed some quotes from Susanna Reid and her poaching from the BBC gave the Daily Mail plenty more reasons to ogle at her "pins", but the show hasn't suffered from the same pre-debut hullabaloo »

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Good Morning Britain: Reactions and reviews round-up

28 April 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV launched its latest attempt in the breakfast TV war earlier today (April 28), with Good Morning Britain landing on our screens.

Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Sean Fletcher and Charlotte Hawkins co-hosted the brand new format, following Daybreak's end on Friday. But how well did they fare?

Most of the early reviews appear to be largely positive, with most people commenting on its similarity with Us morning show Good Morning America. Digital Spy has compiled a round-up of reviews and reactions from around the web below:

Critic Reviews

Alex Fletcher - Digital Spy

"The new 'serious news' format for Good Morning Britain feels like it's having to battle with ITV's natural lean towards fluff. The presentation of 'One Direction talking loves and relationships' as breaking news undermines a lot of the hard work they're putting in elsewhere. Do ITV really believe we can't absorb some serious news in the morning »

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ITV's Good Morning Britain launches: the Twitter reaction

28 April 2014 3:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

How viewers from Kay Burley to Keith Lemon reacted to the all-new breakfast show and Susanna Reid's desk-based role

Fresh start or pointless revamp? Twitter users were divided in their opinions on ITV's new breakfast show on Monday morning.

Holly Willoughby, presenter of ITV's Suprise Surprise, got in quickly:

Good Morning Britain is looking rather lovely... Good morning y'all! Xxx #goodmorningbritain

Breakfast TV has come a long way since I covered the launch of GMTV on Jan 1 1993. Impressive first half hour for @Gmb

Good Morning Britain: 30 mins of slick, fast paced news. Then Andi Peters, market traders and cash prizes. ITV just can't help themselves

Just watching Good Morning Britain ... there's so much going on I need a little lie down.

@KayBurley I've just counted and I think you're the only TV presenter in Britain not co-hosting it

@MichaelPDeacon I did it 30 years ago... pic.twitter.com/IUF »

- Dugald Baird

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Good Morning Britain launch as it happens: Live Blog

27 April 2014 9:09 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Goodbye Daybreak. Good morning, erm, Good Morning Britain.

ITV's latest attempt to revive their breakfast schedules and make a dent in the ratings of their fierce rivals at BBC Breakfast comes in the shape of four familiar faces from morning television.

Sky's Sean Fletcher and Charlotte Hawkins, former GMTV host and all round good egg Ben Shephard and the star attraction, who ITV no doubt hope is the jewel in their crown, Susanna Reid.

Poached from the BBC and fresh from a successful run on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV are hoping she's the perfect mix of sharp journalism and warm presenting. Just don't say the words Christine or Bleakley.

Will Good Morning Britain be ITV breakfast's biggest hit since Roland Rat? Or have we got another Daybreak disaster on our hands?

From 6am on Monday (April 28) morning we'll be live-blogging the launch and trying to avoid dropping ketchup from our bacon sandwich on our keyboard. »

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Susanna Reid: 'Strictly didn't cause Cotton relationship breakdown'

26 April 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Susanna Reid has denied that taking part in Strictly Come Dancing affected her romance with Dominic Cotton.

Reid, who recently split from long-time partner Cotton, told The Mirror that Strictly wasn't responsible for the breakdown of her relationship.

"I think people think Strictly was bound up in what happened. It wasn't. Strictly was, and will always be, an amazing sparkly ridiculous alternative reality planet I went on for a couple of months and I have great memories of it.

"Obviously things have been challenging in my personal life but we are getting things sorted," she added.

The 43-year-old, who recently moved from the BBC to host ITV's new breakfast show Good Morning Britain, said that she was still on good terms with Cotton for the sake of their three sons.

"We are still good friends and the kids come first," she said.

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Susanna Reid: 'Strictly didn't cause marraige breakdown'

26 April 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Susanna Reid has denied that taking part in Strictly Come Dancing affected her marriage.

Reid, who recently split from husband Dominic Cotton, told The Mirror that Strictly wasn't responsible for the breakdown of her relationship.

"I think people think Strictly was bound up in what happened. It wasn't. Strictly was, and will always be, an amazing sparkly ridiculous alternative reality planet I went on for a couple of months and I have great memories of it.

"Obviously things have been challenging in my personal life but we are getting things sorted," she added.

The 43-year-old, who recently moved from the BBC to host ITV's new breakfast show Good Morning Britain, said that she was still on good terms with Cotton for the sake of their three sons.

"We are still good friends and the kids come first," she said.

Reid will be joined on the new breakfast show by former GMTV host Ben Shephard, »

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Hubris, chemistry and Susanna Reid: welcome to ITV's 'new' breakfast show

24 April 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

If aspects of Good Morning Britain sound strangely familiar, that's probably because they are. Take the presenters and title for a start

Why does Drake's insult-trading with Jay-z sound like a 70s dinner party?

Idea for a novel: The Damned Sofa, in which the ill-fated, short-lived tenure of any number of presenters in the ITV breakfast slot is imagined in forensic literary detail by a highly acclaimed writer. A movie adaptation will obviously follow, in which Michael Sheen is slated to play Kate Garraway.

And so to the dawn of yet another era in the storied history of what ITV sticks between its 5.05am repeat of The Jeremy Kyle Show and its 9.25am repeat of The Jeremy Kyle Show (that's honestly the schedule). Monday sees the launch of Good Morning Britain the last possible combination of jaunty, early-birdy words the channel has not yet strung together in its 900-year quest »

- Marina Hyde

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Good Morning Britain: Five ways ITV's new breakfast show can avoid a Daybreak-style death

22 April 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV may have poached Susanna Reid from the BBC to host its new breakfast show starting on Monday, but we've seen this tactic fail before

Ever since ITV lost its nerve and refreshed GMTV in 2009, it's been restlessly spinning through endless variations on the breakfast theme. When the final incarnation of GMTV with Emma Crosby didn't work, we got Purple Daybreak with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley. When this pairing turned out to be the most miserable on morning telly, we got Yellow Daybreak with Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones. Now, as of Monday, the keys have been handed to Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard. But can Good Morning Britain beat the odds and succeed? Here are five pieces of my ever-fruitful advice, producers, if you're listening:

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- Stuart Heritage

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Susanna Reid: I feel like I've known Ben Shephard forever

22 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Susanna Reid feels like she's known Ben Shephard her whole life. The 43-year-old TV presenter will work alongside the former 'GMTV' host when they front ITV's new breakfast show, 'Good Morning Britain', from next week, and Susanna says they've hit it off already. She explained: ''I didn't know Ben but I didn't feel nervous meeting him because he's such a familiar face having presented 'GMTV' and been such a regular on television. It felt like I'd known him all my life.'' The former 'BBC Breakfast' star has even taken it upon herself to get to know Ben, as well as her fellow 'Good »

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Susanna Reid 'to be replaced by Louise Minchin on BBC Breakfast'

17 March 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Louise Minchin is reportedly being considered as Susanna Reid's replacement on BBC Breakfast.

The stand-in presenter on the BBC One morning programme is said to be in line to take over from Reid full-time, according to the Sunday People.

Minchin is currently sitting in for Reid, who recently signed up to host ITV's Good Morning Britain later this year.

She will join current co-host Bill Turnbull, if she officially signs up as a regular presenter.

Louise Minchin lives in Chester, near to the studios at the BBC's MediaCity in Salford. Reid previously made a 250-mile round trip everyday from her home in London.

Countdown presenter Rachel Riley has also been rumoured as Reid's possible replacement.

Susanna Reid recently said that she is "very excited" about her new role on Good Morning Britain.

She will be joined on the show by former GMTV host Ben Shephard, Sky Sunrise's Charlotte Hawkins »

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Kate Garraway: 'I'm staying with Daybreak and Good Morning Britain'

15 March 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Kate Garraway has revealed that she will be part of ITV's new breakfast show Good Morning Britain.

The new show will replace the current Daybreak format later this year. Former BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid is taking over hosting duties with Ben Shepherd.

When Daybreak first launched in 2010, Garraway was appointed as entertainment editor. She later became a temporary host after Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles were axed.

Speaking to Bang Showbiz, Garraway said that she was "staying with Daybreak, and then the new show".

''I think I've probably got more in me. I've been in breakfast TV for 16 years ... BBC, then Sky, and then GMTV, and then Daybreak, and now the new show that's to come.''

She added: "Weirdly, I think now I've got a more varied broadcasting life than ever before, because I've got radio, and BBC and ITV, and the Travel Channel.

''I've just started a radio show on Smooth Radio, »

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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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Susanna Reid speaks out on ITV move: "I'm very excited"

3 March 2014 1:15 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Susanna Reid has spoken out following the news that she has joined ITV's Good Morning Britain.

The presenter has quit the BBC to front ITV's new flagship breakfast show, which will replace Daybreak later this year.

Reid tweeted to thank her followers for their support, saying: "Thank you for your messages. I'm very excited to be joining Good Morning Britain.

"I have loved being at BBC Breakfast & will miss the team.

"But as a news journalist & presenter I couldn't turn down this opportunity and a new challenge."

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

Her regular BBC Breakfast co-host Bill Turnbull expressed sadness following news of her departure from the corporation.

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

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Bill Turnbull wishes Susanna Reid 'all the best' after she quits BBC

3 March 2014 7:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Bill Turnbull has posted a fond farewell message to his BBC Breakfast co-host Susanna Reid, following the announcement that she has been poached by ITV.

Reid will be the host of ITV's Daybreak replacement Good Morning Britain, which is launching later this year.

Responding to the news on Twitter, Turnbull described Reid as a "great broadcaster".

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

Bill Turnbull (@billtu) March 3, 2014

Reid will team up with former GMTV host Ben Shephard, Sky Sunrise's Charlotte Hawkins and Sky Sports presenter Sean Fletcher on the new-look ITV show.

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. »

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