Good Morning Britain (2014 TV programme)

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Good Morning Britain
Good Morning Britain Logo 2017.png
GenreBreakfast television programme
Directed byErron Gordon[1]
Presented bySusanna Reid
Ben Shephard
Charlotte Hawkins
Kate Garraway
Adil Ray
Ranvir Singh
Sean Fletcher
Laura Tobin
Theme music composer
  • Henry Gorman
  • Simon Hill
  • Rob May[2]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Production
Production locations
EditorNeil Thompson[4]
Running time150 minutes (2014–2020)
180 minutes (2020–) (inc. adverts)
Production companyITV Breakfast
DistributorITV Studios
Release
Original networkITV
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release28 April 2014 (2014-04-28) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byDaybreak (2010–14)
Related showsLorraine (2010–)
External links
Website

Good Morning Britain (often abbreviated to GMB) is a breakfast programme on British television network ITV on weekdays between 6:00 am and 9:00 am. The show launched on 28 April 2014 after Daybreak was cancelled.[5][6]

The current main anchors of the programme are Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard,Kate Garraway and Adil Ray, with Charlotte Hawkins, Ranvir Singh, and Sean Fletcher as newsreaders.[7] Piers Morgan co-presented the programme from 2015 until 2021.[8] During the COVID-19 pandemic, the show aired until 10:00 am, with the final hour hosted by Lorraine Kelly after Lorraine was temporarily cancelled by ITV.[9][10] On Monday 13 July, the Lorraine programme returned, meaning Good Morning Britain went back to its original air time of 6.00am to 9.00am.

Format[edit]

The magazine-style show includes headline updates at the beginning of the programme and at the top of each hour thereafter, then three short three-minute regional bulletins at quarter past the hour featuring news, travel/transit advisories, and weather.[11] From 6 January 2020, the first half-hour features Hawkins, Garraway or Singh reading the day's headlines, joined at 6:30 a.m. by two of the main anchors, and although this format was suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, it later returned on 31 August 2020.[12][13] The show features interviews with celebrities and politicians as well as discussion of topical issues, with a reputation for often heated debates.[14][15] Viewers are encouraged to engage with the show through digital platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and there are regular competitions which the audience can enter, usually presented by Andi Peters.[16]

Weather bulletins are presented by Laura Tobin or Alex Beresford, and entertainment news is delivered by Richard Arnold.[17][18][19]

History[edit]

A programme of the same name aired as part of TV-am between 1983 and 1992 each weekday morning between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, along with a Saturday morning edition.[20]

2014–2015[edit]

Good Morning Britain launched on 28 April 2014 following the cancellation of Daybreak with four main presenters – Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher, with weather bulletins presented by Laura Tobin, entertainment news delivered by Richard Arnold and sports news presented by Fletcher.[6]

Reid, Shephard and Hawkins all presented four days a week, with Fletcher presenting every day. When Reid was absent, Hawkins took her place and was in turn, substituted by Kate Garraway or Ranvir Singh.[6][21]

Between 13 June and 11 July, the show reported on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with Fletcher presenting highlights and reactions live from Brazil. They also utilised graphics and music adapted specifically for the event.[22]

On 19 September 2014, the show was extended to 10:00 am to provide coverage on the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, with Reid and Shephard presenting live from Edinburgh.[23]

On 24 July 2015, the show was presented live from Buckingham Palace by Shephard, Garraway and Tobin.[24]

On 13 October 2015, ITV announced that Piers Morgan would join the programme three days a week as a permanent presenter following a week as a guest presenter in April.[25][26]

2016–2017[edit]

On 22 March 2016, the show was extended to 10:30 am to cover the breaking news of the Brussels bombings, meaning that sister show Lorraine and The Jeremy Kyle Show were cancelled. The following day, Reid presented coverage of the aftermath live from Brussels, whilst Morgan and Hawkins presented from the studio.[27][28]

On 25 March 2016, a fire occurred in an ITV production office, causing the presenters and crew to evacuate shortly before the programme went on air. A 30-minute standby tape was played as a substitute for the programme and Dinner Date was shown for the remainder of Good Morning Britain's airtime.[29]

On 24 June 2016, the show was extended to 9:25 am to cover the result of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.[30]

On 22 July 2016, a second royal special was broadcast live from Buckingham Palace with Garraway and Singh. Laura Tobin presented the weather live from the Palace Gardens.[31][32]

On 9 November, the show was extended to 9:25 am again to cover the results of the 2016 United States presidential election, with Reid and Morgan live in New York City, Singh in Washington D.C. and Hawkins in the studio.[33][34]

On 26 January 2017, newsreader and relief presenter Ranvir Singh was announced as the programme's new Political Editor.[35]

2018–2019[edit]

On 26 January 2018, a special edition of the programme was broadcast, focused on a worldwide exclusive interview with US President Donald Trump. Shephard and Garraway presented the majority of the programme from the studio in London, while Morgan presented parts of the show live from Davos, Switzerland.[36]

On 13 April 2018, the final edition of Good Morning Britain from The London Studios was broadcast. Morgan and Reid returned on 16 April, broadcasting live from Television Centre for the first time, with a new studio and updated opening titles.[37]

On 18 May 2018, Garraway and Shephard presented a special edition of the programme in celebration of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with Hawkins and Tobin presenting live from Windsor.[38]

On 28 June 2018, ITV aired a special edition of the programme entitled Good Evening Britain following the England vs. Belgium World Cup football match, with live reactions, debates and analysis, presented by Morgan and Reid. Guests included Pamela Anderson, David Ginola, Danny Dyer and Jeremy Corbyn.[39][40]

On 24 September 2018, the show began airing in the United States, on the BritBox streaming service.[41] The version seen on BritBox, is a specially edited version featuring the highlights of that day's edition. It is available at 7:00 am ET.[42]

On 13 December 2018, Reid presented parts of the show live from Westminster following Theresa May's survival in a vote of no confidence, with Shephard and Garraway presenting in the studio.[43]

2020[edit]

On 6 January 2020, ITV Daytime announced that Good Morning Britain would be broadcast for an additional half an hour, with a new finishing time of 9:00 am, due to the cancellation of The Jeremy Kyle Show.[44] The first half-hour features Hawkins, Garraway or Singh reading the day's main headlines, joined at 6:30 am by the main anchors.[12] The show received updated titles which were reverted during the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring the presenter’s names.

On 21 January 2020, the show was accused of racism and received over 1,500 Ofcom complaints after Morgan made comments relating to a Chinese dairy advert, in which he said, "He's using ching chong ching milk".[45] Morgan also spoke over the advert saying, "ching chang cho jo". He was accused by some viewers as using racist language which is used to antagonise Chinese people, and for mocking the Chinese language.[46] Both Morgan and Good Morning Britain denied the accusations.[47] This led to several public figures including footballer John Barnes and politician Sarah Owen, separately criticising both Morgan and the show for ignoring racism.[48][49] The episode was later taken down from the ITV Hub on the day it aired, although ITV claimed it was removed for "a totally unrelated reason".[50]

On 17 March 2020, Reid was forced to self-isolate at home after one of her children displayed symptoms of COVID-19, which, under government guidelines at the time, required the whole household to self-isolate. Reid continued to make appearances on the programme via video link, and returned to the studio on 31 March.[51]

On 22 March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ITV announced that production of both Lorraine and Loose Women would be suspended due to the lower number of production staff able to work.[9] As a result, Good Morning Britain was extended by an hour to finish at the later time of 10:00 am, with the final hour co-hosted by Morgan and Lorraine Kelly.[9] From April 2020, however, Kelly hosted the final hour on her own, with regular input from health editor Hilary Jones.[52]

On 8 July, Morgan and Reid announced they would be taking an extended break of six weeks over the summer, with Shephard, Ray, Hawkins, Singh and Garraway (who had been absent from the show due to her husband Derek Draper being admitted to intensive care with COVID-19)[53][54] presenting in their place.[55][56] Morgan and Reid returned on Tuesday 1 September.[57]

On 12 July, it was announced that Lorraine would start production again, meaning that Kelly would no longer present the final hour of Good Morning Britain, and the show would subsequently return to its previous finish time of 9:00 am.[58]

On 13 and 14 August Sean Fletcher returned to present two editions of the programme (for the first time since March) with Charlotte Hawkins, and on 20 and 21 August Alex Beresford co-hosted two episodes alongside Kate Garraway.

On 31 August, the format from January–March 2020 was returned, with Morgan and Reid (from 6:30 AM) and Hawkins (from 6:00 AM) all in the studio together for the first time in 6 months.

During the week beginning on 2 November 2020, Morgan and Reid presented the show for the whole week because of the 2020 United States presidential election, including a results programme on Wednesday 4 November, as well as the second lockdown in England due to COVID-19.[59]

2021[edit]

On 3 February 2021, Morgan and Reid hosted a special edition of the programme in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore who died the day before from a battle with pneumonia and COVID-19.

On 8 March 2021, the programme came under fire for remarks made by Morgan following the US broadcast of the Oprah with Meghan and Harry interview. In the interview, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stated that there were periods of time that she "didn't want to be alive anymore". Morgan did not believe this, stating "I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report."[60]

On 9 March, the morning after the UK airing of the interview, Morgan walked off the show, following weather presenter Alex Beresford's alternative narrative for Morgan's behaviour.[61][62] An Ofcom investigation was also announced the same day, for a potential breach of their harm and offence rules. It had received 57,121 complaints as of 17 March 2021, making it the most complained about programme since the formation of Ofcom in 2003.[63]

Later the same day, it was announced by ITV plc that Morgan had "decided it was the time to leave" Good Morning Britain and would be doing so immediately.[64] Morgan stated the following day that he had "had time to reflect" on his comments on the programme and still didn't believe what Meghan had said, citing his right to "freedom of speech".[65]

On-air team[edit]

Main presenters[edit]

Main anchors
Susanna Reid 2014–
Ben Shephard 2014–
Kate Garraway 2014–
Relief anchors
Charlotte Hawkins 2014–
Ranvir Singh 2014–
Sean Fletcher 2014–
Alex Beresford 2020–
6AM Newsreaders
Charlotte Hawkins 2014–
Kate Garraway 2014–
Ranvir Singh 2014–
Sean Fletcher 2014–
Other significant studio-based on-air staff
Richard Arnold 2014–

Entertainment editor

Laura Tobin 2014–

Weather presenter

Alex Beresford 2014–

Weather presenter

Hilary Jones 2014–

Health editor

Andi Peters 2014–

Competitions presenter

News Correspondents & Reporter Producers[edit]

Current Correspondents
Richard Gaisford Chief Correspondent 2014–
Nick Dixon Senior News Correspondent
Jonathan Swain News Correspondent
Katy Rickitt 2014-2021
Juliet Dunlop 2016–
Ross King Los Angeles Correspondent 2014–
Noel Phillips[66] North America Correspondent 2021–
Current Reporter Producers
Pip Tomson Reporter Producer 2014–
Louisa James
Michelle Morrison
Tom Barton 2016–
Gargy Patel
Divya Kohli
Lorna Shaddick 2017–

There is distinction between Correspondent & Reporter on GMB. [67]

Guest Presenters
Role Presenter Year(s)
Guest Presenter Martin Lewis 2021
Alastair Campbell 2021
Lorraine Kelly 2020
Bill Turnbull 2020, 2021
Richard Bacon 2019
Adil Ray 2018–
Richard Madeley[68] 2017–
Eamonn Holmes[69][70][68] 2017–2018
Jeremy Kyle[71][68] 2016–2018
Mark Austin[71] 2016
Tom Bradby 2015
Weather presenter Des Coleman 2020–
Lucy Verasamy 2017–
Becky Mantin[72] 2017–2019
Entertainment Presenter Gemma Collins 2019
James Argent
Peter Andre
Ashley James
Jake Quickenden
Myles Stephenson
Joe Swash 2018–
Basil Brush
Iain Lee
Laura Whitmore
Kem Cetinay 2017
Former on air team
Role Person Year(s)
Lead Presenter Piers Morgan 2015–2021
Special Correspondent and Main Presenter John Stapleton 2014–2015
News Correspondent Helen Carnell 2014–2016
News Correspondent Gamal Fahnbulleh 2014

Studio[edit]

2014–2018[edit]

Good Morning Britain was broadcast from Studio 5 at The London Studios, the same studio where GMTV was broadcast from during its seventeen-year run. In February 2017, it was announced that The London Studios, where Good Morning Britain is broadcast, would be closed for some years beginning in 2018 as ITV decided to go through with demolishing the building and having it rebuilt. It was also announced that ITV's daytime shows (Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women) would be moving to studio space at BBC Studioworks' Television Centre, previously used by the BBC before moving in March 2013. The last programme from The London Studios was broadcast on 13 April 2018.[73]

2018–present[edit]

ITV's daytime shows moved to Television Centre on 16 April 2018, with Good Morning Britain using Studio TC3. This 6,390 sq ft (594 m2) studio is split in two, with half of it being used for Good Morning Britain and half for This Morning.[3] They share the same cameras and gallery. In October 2018, it was announced that ITV would not be returning to the South Bank.[citation needed]

GMB Today[edit]

GMB Today was a temporary replacement for Lorraine whilst on its summer break. Broadcast 21 August to 1 September 2017.