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Christine Bleakley torn between BBC and ITV

TV presenter Christine Bleakley has admitted she is “torn” by offers to make her future with ITV or the BBC — but has not yet plumped for either.

The One Show host said that although her BBC contract will end soon, she has still to make up her mind.

Her comments came as she signed a new management deal which means she is now represented by the same company as pal Adrian Chiles.

It follows speculation that Bleakley had already opted for a new deal at the BBC. She confirmed she is keen to rekindle her on-screen partnership with Chiles, but would also like to continue working with the BBC.

Chiles quit BBC1's The One Show earlier this year for GMTV after falling out with programme bosses. Bleakley acknowledged there was a space for her on the ITV early show but she was reluctant to go for 5am starts.

She said: “In the light of constant speculation about my future I'd like to clarify a few things.

“It's been reported that I've signed for ITV, signed for the BBC and in both cases for astronomical sums. The truth is that as it stands, my current contract with the BBC ends shortly. I'm flattered to have received great offers from both the BBC and ITV, which I now have to decide between.”

She continued: “I am torn. I expect to make a decision on my future very soon.”

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