Lorraine Kelly to take over Daybreak… but she won't set her alarm for six o'clock
Lorraine Kelly is said to be thrilled to be the new host of Daybreak.
But the ITV presenter isn't so keen on the unsocial hours required of the morning show hosts, and has refused to come on the air before seven o'clock.
The 52-year-old convinced producers to schedule another, yet to be announced host to man the sofa for the first hour of the programme, while Ms Kelly gets an extra hour's lie in.
Star role: Lorraine Kelly is to be the new host of Daybreak
On top of that, ITV and their star presenter have worked out a deal in which she will host the final hour of the show by herself, essentially turning it into her current show Lorraine.
The Daily Mirror alleges that current stand-in hosts Kate Garraway or Dan Lobb could fill the early hour slot.
There are several male journalists still angling to join Lorraine on the sofa.
As reported last month, Five News presenter Matt Barbet is one of the frontrunners.
Early riser: But the presenter has convinced ITV execs to let her start on air at seven o'clock, leaving the first hour up to another host
The Mirror claims that former Blue
Peter presenter Gethin Jones and BBC Sports reporter Chris Hollins are
also being considered for the role.
After a bad patch with the highly paid
and highly publicised duo Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles, ITV are
desperate to make this presenting partnership work.
Lorraine is currently off TV screens and recovering from emergency surgery following a horse riding accident last week.
Joining Lorraine on the sofa: Chris Hollins is one of the names being considered for the role of co-host, according to reports
Frontrunners: Five News journalist Matt Barbet and former Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones are also rumoured
She was attempting a jump when she fell from the horse, which then stamped on her thigh.
Paramedics were called to Chessington Equestrian Centre and found the star bleeding heavily.
She was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, where doctors ruled she needed surgery for the wound.
Gamble: Hiring expensive duo Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley did not pay off for ITV
Leaving hospital today she thanked her Twitter followers for all their kind wishes.
She said: 'Finally out of hospital. Thanks for all your lovely tweets – really means a lot to know you are thinking of me.
'It was a bad accident but could have been so much worse.'
added: 'staff at gunning ward in St George hospital were brilliant. NHS
at its finest. My thanks to all of them – kind , caring and