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ITV announces morning schedule shake-up to replace Jeremy Kyle Show

Two of the channel’s programmes will be extended, while Lorraine will move back by half an hour.

ITV is shaking up the morning schedule (Matt Crossick/PA)
ITV is shaking up the morning schedule (Matt Crossick/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, PA Deputy Entertainment Editor

Good Morning Britain and This Morning will both be extended by 30 minutes from January next year, in a shake-up to the ITV morning schedule.

A gap was left in the weekday schedule when The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed by the broadcaster earlier this year, following the death of a guest, and in its place Judge Rinder has been airing in the 9.25am to 10am time slot.

But from January 6 Good Morning Britain, regularly hosted by Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan, will now air for an extra half an hour, from 6am until 9am, pushing back Lorraine, which will now move from 8.30am to 9am.

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Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid (Ian West/PA)

This Morning, which currently runs from 10.30 to 12.30, will run for an extra 30 minutes.

The long-running daytime show, hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, will now start after Lorraine at 10am, finishing at 12.30pm.

Loose Women will remain in its 12.30pm to 1.30pm position, meaning ITV’s morning schedule will be fully live.

Kyle’s tabloid talk show was cancelled after 14 years on air following the death of participant Steve Dymond a week after he recorded an episode.

Antiques show Dickinson’s Real Deal initially replaced The Jeremy Kyle Show when it was first pulled in May, before it was replaced by Rinder’s programme.

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Jeremy Kyle (Mike Egerton/PA)

Kevin Lygo, ITV director of television, said: “Live television is at the core of what ITV does and what we bring to viewers.

“Our new schedule presents the opportunity to engage with our audience throughout the first part of each day, with some of the most well-known shows on television, in a way that no other channel does.”

Emma Gormley, managing director ITV Daytime, which produces all of the shows, said: “The ITV daytime teams consist of the very best on-screen and off-screen talent in the business, enabling us to set the agenda from early morning until the afternoon, as we pass the baton from show to show.

“We can’t wait to bring our audiences an even greater abundance of personalities, surprises, warmth and humour and a bigger and better schedule for 2020.”

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