BBC scraps Christine Bleakley contract offer

The BBC has withdrawn its offer of a new contract to One Show presenter Christine Bleakley, according to reports.

The move comes days after the 30-year-old admitted she was “torn” between offers from the BBC to remain with the corporation, and a deal which would see her join ITV.

A BBC spokesman said they had been in negotiations with Christine since April when she said she wanted to continue as presenter of The One Show following the departure of her co-host Adrian Chiles.

“With that in mind we made a full and final offer to her several weeks ago and made it clear we would not be entering into a bidding war with other channels,” the spokesman said.

“Christine is still unable to make a decision and therefore we have regretfully withdrawn our offer as we have to put the interests of The One Show audience first and the current uncertainty does not allow us to do that.”

Earlier this week the BBC offered Christine a new two-year deal, worth just under a million pounds, which was subsequently criticised by MPs.

John Whittingdale, the chairman of the Culture Media and Sport Committee said of the offer: “This is public money. If she feels she can go and earn vast sums in the private sector, then good luck to her.”

Since Adrian Chiles left The One Show to join ITV there has been mounting speculation that Christine will join Adrian Chiles when he becomes the presenter of ITV’s revamped breakfast show later in the year.

Christine recently admitted there was a space for her on the ITV morning show but said she had reservations about the early morning starts.

“I am torn,” she said. “On one hand I am really keen to work again with Adrian. We have a brilliant relationship on and off screen, although I can’t say I’d particularly relish the idea of dealing with him at 5am every morning.

“On the other hand the BBC is incredibly good to me and I’m very close to everyone on The One Show, which I love presenting.”

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