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BBC scraps Christine Bleakley contract offer

The BBC has withdrawn its offer of a new contract to One Show presenter Christine Bleakley.

It comes days after she admitted she was "torn" between offers to continue her career with the channel or its rival ITV.

A BBC spokesman said they had been in discussions with Bleakley since April when she said she wanted to continue at the helm of the prime-time show despite the loss of co-host Adrian Chiles.

The spokesman said: "With that in mind we made a full and final offer to her several weeks ago and made it clear we would not be entering into a bidding war with other channels.

"Christine is still unable to make a decision and therefore we have regretfully withdrawn our offer as we have to put the interests of The One Show audience first and the current uncertainty does not allow us to do that."

Chiles quit the show, which goes out five nights a week at 7pm on BBC1, when it emerged Radio 2 breakfast show host Chris Evans was being brought in to present it on Friday evenings.

He has signed up as host of a soon-to-be-revamped GMTV, which has recently seen an exodus of presenters.

Earlier this month, Bleakley acknowledged there was a space for her on the ITV early show but she was reluctant to go for 5am starts.

She said: "I am torn. On one hand I am really keen to work again with Adrian. We have a brilliant relationship on and off screen, although I can't say I'd particularly relish the idea of dealing with him at 5am every morning. On the other hand the BBC is incredibly good to me and I'm very close to everyone on The One Show, which I love presenting."

It is believed her current contract with the BBC runs out in September.

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