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Tuesday 28 July 2015

Christine Bleakley is facing massive pay cut on Dancing on Ice

Published 26/04/2013 | 10:10

The 2010 GO Belfast awards which took place last night in the Europa Hotel. Christine Bleakley arriving with Frank Lampard
The 2010 GO Belfast awards which took place last night in the Europa Hotel. Christine Bleakley arriving with Frank Lampard
Schoolgirl Christine Bleakley Aged 6.
Head girl Christine (17) at Bloomfield Collegiate School
Christine Bleakley
Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard
Christine Bleakley
Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley watch the first race during day two of the 2012 Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 20, 2012. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley watch the first race during day two of the 2012 Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 20, 2012. See PA Story RACING Ascot. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
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Christine Bleakley and fiance Frank Lampard like a treat after hitting the gym
Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard holiday in Sardinia
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Christine Bleakley.Taking part in Comic Relief
Christine Bleakley wearing one of the dresses featured in the documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Christine Bleakley tries on the massive wedding dress featured in the documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley leave the studio after filming their last episode of Daybreak
Lampard and Bleakley

Northern Ireland TV presenter Christine Bleakley - who has hosted the ITV'a Dancing on Ice competition with Phillip Schofield since 2012 - will reportedly only be brought back for the new series of the show if she agrees to a lower salary after her three-year £4 million contract with ITV comes to an end this summer.

The 34-year-old signed a lucrative golden handcuffs deal with the channel in 2010 when she and Adrian Chiles defected from BBC to host Daybreak, but the duo were dropped from the breakfast show after just one year due to plummeting ratings.

Bleakley is thought to have earned £40,000 an episode for the latest run of Dancing on Ice - which was by Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle - as part of her overall contract, but ITV bosses are now planning to be more frugal, offering her just £12,000 per episode for next year's run.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Christine has been paid an awful lot for not very much in recent times. Perhaps, the pendulum will swing back in our favour."

If she doesn't accept the lower offer, however, the TV star could be axed from the programme.

Christine has seen her TV workload decrease in the last year or so, hosting 'Dancing on Ice', and one-off shows such as 'Text Santa' and 'That Dog Can Dance'.

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