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Andrew Castle joins GMTV exodus

Andrew Castle is quitting GMTV after a "fantastic 10 years", he said.

The presenter and former tennis player's announcement comes just days after the departure of Penny Smith, who bade a tearful farewell last week.

Ben Shephard is also set to quit the breakfast show, which is undergoing a revamp.

The latest departure to be announced follows months of speculation about the future of the programme's presenters. Adrian Chiles has signed a deal with ITV which will see him take a seat on the sofa.

John Stapleton has recently taken on a new special correspondent role on the programme, covering big breaking news stories such as the shootings in Cumbria.

Castle is set to bow out of his job in early September.

He said in a statement: "I have had a fantastic 10 years fronting one of the UK's most watched television programmes, but with all the changes taking place at GMTV I felt it was time for a new chapter in my life as well."

He continued: "I enjoyed both meeting and working with some very talented people at the programme and I wish all those at GMTV every success in the future."

Castle is the BBC's lead commentator for Wimbledon and will commentate on his eighth final this year. He will also be seen later in the year in ITV's entertainment show 71 Degrees North.

Alison Sharman, Director of Factual, Daytime and GMTV, said: "I am so grateful for all Andrew has done for GMTV over the past decade. He has been a vital and central part of the presentation team."

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