Daybreak (2010 TV programme)

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Daybreak final logo used from September 2012
Created byITV Breakfast
Presented by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)The London Studios
Running time150 minutes
(includes adverts)
Production company(s)ITV Breakfast Limited – part of (ITV Studios)
Original networkITV (ITV Breakfast)
Picture format1080i HDTV
Original release6 September 2010 (2010-09-06) –
25 April 2014 (2014-04-25)
Preceded byGMTV (1993–2010)
Followed byGood Morning Britain (2014–present)
Related showsLorraine (2010–present)
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Daybreak is a British morning television programme which was broadcast on ITV from 6 September 2010 to 25 April 2014.[1] Daybreak replaced GMTV, which aired its last weekday edition on 3 September 2010. Daybreak launched three days later.[2]

In March 2014, ITV announced that the show would end later in 2014 to be replaced by the launch of Good Morning Britain. The original Good Morning Britain programme, was the UK's first commercial weekday breakfast television programme broadcast by the then Channel 3 breakfast franchisee TV-am.[3] Good Morning Britain made its relaunch on 28 April 2014.[4][3]


Daybreak logo (January–September 2012)

The decision to replace GMTV with Daybreak followed the full takeover of GMTV by ITV.[5] Daybreak and Lorraine made up the weekday output of ITV Breakfast. At weekends, children's programming filled this slot. An advertising campaign, promoting the new show, started on 23 August, with short break-bumpers in between the start and end of an advertisement break, broadcast during the evening schedule of ITV.


An advertising campaign, promoting the new show, started on 23 August, with short break-bumpers in between the start and end of an advertisement break, broadcast during the evening schedule of ITV1. Adverts featuring presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley were broadcast throughout the day from 31 August 2010.[6] Chiles and Bleakley presented The One Show on BBC One together for nearly three years[7] before leaving in 2010 to join ITV.[8][9]

First edition[edit]

The first edition of Daybreak was broadcast on 6 September 2010 with ex-hosts Chiles and Bleakley introducing viewers to the new set and admiring the view from the window. It included an interview with Tony Blair[10] and a lead story by John Stapleton on the collapse of the Farepak Christmas savings club in 2006.[11] Views of regional locations around the United Kingdom were broadcast as well as a tour of the studio. The press offered a mixed reception to the first show.[12]

Transition from ITV Breakfast to ITV Studios[edit]

In March 2011, ITV announced that it was incorporating Daybreak into its ITV News operation as part of a management restructure.[13] In July 2011 it was announced that production of the show, along with that of sister programme, Lorraine would be taken over by ITV Studios.[14] As the show approached its first anniversary on air, it was announced that its editor, Ian Rumsey had resigned.[15]

In August 2011, This Morning executive Karl Newton was being charged with the transition to ITV Studios and is revamping the show to give it "one last throw of the dice" to boost its ratings.[16] On 2 September 2011, ITV announced that former BBC Breakfast chief, David Kermode, currently editor of 5 News is to take over as editor of the programme from 1 December 2011, heralding a major revamp to the presenting team and the format.[17][18] On 6 September 2011, the show celebrated its first anniversary on air. On 8 December 2011, Paul Connolly the deputy editor of Daybreak[19] had departed from the programme.[20]


On 12 December 2011, it was reported that Daybreak will target 'hassled mums' as part of its refreshed focus,[21] format changes and a new presenting team were expected to be introduced in April 2012; however these plans have been delayed.[22] On 26 April 2012, it was reported that ITV was to move Daybreak to the studio currently used by sister programme Lorraine.[23]

On 19 November 2011, it was reported that original presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley had been axed.[24] Chiles confirmed that they were to depart from the programme in the New Year, however they left the show on Monday 5 December 2011 stating that "we were assured we could go with our dignity intact."[25][26][27] Dan Lobb and Kate Garraway took over on an interim basis until new presenters were announced.[28] On 8 December 2011, ITV chief executive Adam Crozier defended the decision of hiring Chiles and Bleakley, saying it was necessary to "take a risk".[29]

On 4 May 2012, Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly were confirmed by ITV as the new permanent presenters,[30] Jones said "I am thoroughly looking forward to sharing the sofa every morning with such a consummate professional as Lorraine Kelly."[31][32][33][34]

On 28 May 2012, Ranvir Singh announced she was leaving BBC North West Tonight to join Daybreak, where she will present the first hour of the programme.[35] On 11 June 2012, 5 News presenter Matt Barbet was confirmed as Singh's co-presenter.[36]

On 28 August 2012, it was confirmed Singh would become the newsreader following the first hour of the programme and that BBC Weather presenter Laura Tobin was joining the programme.[1][37] Garraway would present Daybreak on Fridays and cover for full-time host Lorraine Kelly in a new two-year contract.[38]

On 28 August 2012, the new Daybreak logo was unveiled.[39] The revamped format was launched on 3 September 2012, this was greeted with a mixed reaction from viewers on social media, with some newspapers reporting that viewers reacted negatively to the "old fashioned" garish set. However, some viewers liked the change and praised the step back to the original GMTV format which the core audience had asked to return. The Sun Newspaper columnist Ally Ross said that the show was 'just like GMTV, in all but name'.[40][41] Like the first edition of the show, the relaunched format led with a report on the state of school buildings.[42] Despite the changes to the ailing format, the first edition of the new look show drew only 600,000 viewers.[43] Throughout September 2012, the programme averaged around 700,000 viewers, as viewers begun to warm to the original GMTV style format and new presenters. In October 2012, ratings continued to average at 700,000 viewers, occasionally peaking at 800,000 viewers.[44]

On 15 February 2014, Kelly announced she was to leave Daybreak later in the year. She had signed a new contract to now present Lorraine each Monday to Friday.[45][46]

On 4 April 2014 (three weeks before the Daybreak finale), Barbet co-presented for the final time, which made him the fourth presenter to leave the show after Chiles, Bleakley and Lobb. On 10 April, Kelly presented her final Daybreak before her Easter break, to concentrate on her own programme Lorraine, as part of a new contract she was offered. On 25 April, Daybreak came to an end, hosted by Jones and Garraway.


  • A dark grey cell indicates the host did not appear that year
Role Daybreak & The Daybreak NewsHour
2010 2011 2012 (January – August) 2012 (September – December) 2013 2014
Main presenter Kate Garraway
Main presenter John Stapleton
Showbiz correspondent Ross King
Health Editor Dr Hilary Jones
Chief Correspondent Richard Gaisford
Main presenter Adrian Chiles Aled Jones
Main presenter Christine Bleakley Lorraine Kelly
Main presenter Dan Lobb Matt Barbet
Presenter & newsreader Tasmin Lucia-Khan Ranvir Singh
Weather Kirsty McCabe Laura Tobin
Weather Lucy Verasamy Alex Beresford
Entertainment Steve Hargrave Richard Arnold


Daybreak was a news, lifestyle and entertainment magazine programme interspersed with celebrity interviews, consumer and health items and reports from locations around the UK.

6 am – 7 am (The Daybreak Newshour)[edit]

Matt Barbet and Ranvir Singh presented the 'Daybreak Newshour'. The presenters also talk to guests and review the front pages of the newspapers throughout the hour.[47] John Stapleton, Helen Fospero or Louisa James act as stand-in presenters for this section of the programme.

7 am – 8:30 am (Daybreak)[edit]

Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly presented the main part of the show from 7 am until 8:30 am. Focusing on human interest stories, showbiz gossip and lifestyle features. News, Sport and Weather updates were presented by Ranvir Singh, Laura Tobin along with a team of correspondents and experts.[48][49] Kate Garraway, Matt Barbet or John Stapleton were stand-in presenters for this section of the programme, with Barbet occasionally presenting the whole show from 6 am until 8:30 am. Helen Fospero occasionally presented the show on a stand-in basis.


The news bulletins were presented by Ranvir Singh (or Helen Fospero or Louisa James if Singh was not present)[1] from the Daybreak Newsdesk at 7 am and 8 am with headlines at 7:30 am and again at 9 am on sister show Lorraine[50] Reports are presented by members of the programme's news team.

News review[edit]

Some mornings, the main headlines on the front pages and articles from the inside of the morning newspapers are discussed with two guests on the programme. This was a regular feature between September 2012 and Summer 2013, but has recently become an occasional feature, although the front pages are always shown by Matt Barbet. Victoria Derbyshire, Kevin Maguire, Martel Maxwell and Michael Portillo are occasional newspaper reviewers, they often feature on sister show Lorraine to discuss the main newspaper headlines at 8:35 am.[51]

National weather[edit]

The national Daybreak weather forecast by Laura Tobin [1] was presented at around 6:08 am, 6:25 am, 6:55 am, 7:25 am, 7:55 am and 8:25 am. In December 2010, the programme featured extensive coverage of the severe winter weather affecting much of the UK. Previously the forecast was presented outdoors via a terrace. A news ticker was introduced to provide updates on transport information during the blizzards that affected much of the country's transport infrastructure at the time. Sometimes the forecasts are shot from an outside location, such as Leeds Castle or Epsom Downs Racecourse.[52]


Los Angeles correspondent Ross King presented all of the latest news from Hollywood. Showbiz editor Richard Arnold[1] presented the showbiz updates on Daybreak at 7:50 am weekdays. Items range from music News, celebrity gossip and interviews.[53]


Political editor Sue Jameson presented the politics news on Daybreak often as part of the news updates at the top of the hour. She also appeared on the Daybreak sofa and went live to Westminster or Downing Street for the Breaking News stories.


Martin Lewis[1] is a money saving expert who gave financial advice to viewers ranging from Gas, Electricity, Credit Cards, Insurance, Holidays, Savings, etc. He usually appeared on the show on Thursdays.


Daybreak's health editor Dr Hilary Jones[1] presented the health articles and gave viewers advice on medical problems such as weight issues, contraception, surgery and cancer.


Daybreak was nominated for a National Television Award in the "Magazine Programme of the Year" category for 2011,[54] but failed to make the final shortlist.[55]


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