Christine Bleakley confirms she’s moving to ITV

TV presenter Christine Bleakley has said she is looking forward to working with her ‘old friend’ Adrian Chiles again after the announcement of her move to ITV.

The star will follow her former One Show co-presenter and leave the BBC before the autumn.

She said: “I am looking forward to a brand new experience at ITV, albeit with an old friend.”

ITV said Christine will co-host the channel’s breakfast show with Adrian.

“I have had the most wonderful three years at the BBC and The One Show,” said Christine. “It has consumed my life in that time and I would not have had it any other way; I have made great friends and met some incredible people.

“It is with regret that this experience is coming to an end. I have been torn between working with Adrian Chiles and remaining at the BBC.”

Earlier, the BBC announced it had withdrawn its offer of a new contract to Christine.

A BBC spokesman said they had been in discussions since April when she said she wanted to continue at the helm of the prime-time show, despite the loss of her co-host, but the uncertainty over her future was damaging the show.

Christine said she understood the corporation’s stance and they had been ‘nothing but supportive’.

She said: “I fully understand the BBC had to move more swiftly than I could, and as a result they’ve managed to help make my mind up for me. The BBC, and specifically Jay Hunt and her team, have been nothing but supportive, fair and encouraging since I stepped foot inside there. I will be eternally grateful for everything they have done for me.”

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