Christine Bleakley signs for ITV
Published 21/06/2010 | 16:46
TV presenter Christine Bleakley is looking forward to working with her "old friend" Adrian Chiles again after it was announced she has signed a deal to move to ITV.
The star will follow her former The One Show co-presenter in leaving the BBC before the autumn and will co-host ITV's breakfast show with Chiles.
She said: "I am looking forward to a brand new experience at ITV, albeit with an old friend."
Bleakley said: "I have had the most wonderful three years at the BBC and The One Show. 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."
On Sunday, the BBC announced it had withdrawn its offer of a new contract to Bleakley.
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.
Bleakley 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."
Bleakley, who will present other shows as part of her exclusive deal with the channel, will also be reunited with Peter Fincham who gave her her break on The One Show.
Fincham, who left the BBC to become ITV Director of Television, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that Christine Bleakley is coming to ITV - she's one of television's brightest stars."