Olympic snub for Breakfast star Susanna Reid as BBC leave her out of early-morning Games coverage
00:00 GMT, 29 June 2012
Susanna Reid made a big success of BBC Breakfast as the show coped with the difficult move from London to Salford, so producers are furious that she’s been sidelined during the Olympics.
Susanna, 42, who is the face of the BBC’s flagship breakfast news show, won’t feature at all in early-morning coverage of the games on BBC1 next month, which has angered senior staff.
Instead, her predecessor Sian Williams will return to breakfast TV to present alongside Susanna’s regular co-host Bill Turnbull.
Off-screen: Susanna Reid has been left out of the BBC's morning Olympic Games coverage
A Breakfast source tells me: ‘Susanna had an uphill battle replacing Sian because Sian had been so popular for many years.
‘Susanna’s been a big factor in why ratings have stayed high, despite all the difficulties moving out of London. It feels like a complete slap in the face to all of us that we’re pushing our former face rather than the star of the future.’
Sian, 47, was promised the Olympics role to stop her defecting to ITV when she decided she didn’t want to relocate to the BBC’s new Salford base.
However, Susanna seems to be coping well with all the travelling.
Breakfast’s former sports presenter Chris Hollins, 41, who also quit over the move, is another rejoining the show — renamed Olympic Breakfast for the games.
And my source adds: ‘News presenter Mishal Husain has a prominent role in it, so why couldn’t they find a role for Susanna, too’
The BBC says that the presenter line-up for the Olympic Breakfast team was finalised before the move to Salford.
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Robin Cousins, Katarina Witt and Louie Spence could all face the axe —
though the trio are back for a special Olympics edition next month.
who was axed from ITV’s Daybreak last year, believes they all deserve
to be on the panel for the eighth series in January.
‘Don’t I know, people don’t like change to begin with, then it suddenly becomes the norm,’ she says. ‘I had a great time with them and would be happy to have them all back.
‘I’m a big fan of Louie. Robin was a professional and a gentleman. And Katarina was great fun and really quite naughty. She has a twinkle in her eye.’
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But I’m told Spencer may already have found true love. I hear he is planning to get back with ex-girlfriend Louise Thompson – another Made in Chelsea star – when The Bachelor ends.
A friend says: ‘He told Louise he doesn’t plan a serious relationship with any of the girls.’ So what’s he doing on this show
I’m told there was serious strife at the BBC about who was going to be in charge of its Olympic presenting team.
Graham Norton and news host Huw Edwards were originally due to helm the coverage.
But their roles were scaled down after furious BBC Sport bosses insisted their team take the most prominent roles. Huw will still be the main host for the opening and closing ceremonies, though.
Radio 1’s failure to get more younger listeners — as demanded by the BBC Trust — has been interpreted by many as another sign that breakfast DJ Chris Moyles, 38, will soon leave.
Rising star Greg James is widely considered heir apparent, but Reggie Yates, presenter of the station’s Official Chart Show, is also a contender.
Reggie tells me: ‘I haven’t heard anything officially. Chris is amazing, but the breakfast show is terrific. I love Radio 1 — and the more time I get on air the better.’
Coleen Nolan has left ITV for her own chat show on Channel 5 after Mel Sykes replaced her on a new cookery show with Gino D’Acampo. ‘Five’s ratings are lower but Coleen was so disappointed,’ says my source.