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Bleakley crowned top TV presenter


Christine Bleakley with her Ultimate TV Presenter award

Christine Bleakley with her Ultimate TV Presenter award

Christine Bleakley with her Ultimate TV Presenter award

Christine Bleakley shrugged off Daybreak's languishing ratings as a mere "teething problem", shortly after being crowned top TV host at a Women of the Year awards event.

The 31-year-old presenter's win came in spite of figures released last week showing that just 530,000 viewers are tuning in to watch ITV's troubled breakfast show - a third of the audience for its BBC rival, Breakfast.

Defending the low viewing figures after taking the gong at Tuesday night's Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year awards, she said: "We're having a great time and it's unfortunate other people don't quite believe in us yet."

She continued: "But it's a tough sort of job and we always knew it was going to be and that's not a shock to us at all. Any wee show has its teething problems and that's kind of how we see it."

Bleakley said she was "chuffed" to be named Ultimate TV Presenter at the ceremony, but admitted she is struggling to curtail her late nights now she is fronting a breakfast TV show. "I try to be sensible these days, it's not my natural way, I'll be honest, but I'm trying to get to bed reasonably early," she added.

Among the other winners at the star-studded event at the Banqueting House in London, was Doctor Who star Karen Gillan, who took home the Ultimate UK TV Actress award. The actress refused to confirm or deny whether her character Amy Pond will be killed off in the next series, even though Doctor Who star Matt Smith said he would never let it happen.

Fellow redhead, Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts - who launched her own make-up range for pale skin this year - was named Ultimate Fashionista.

Katie Piper - whose bravery after an acid attack led to her offering other burns victims a lifeline through her charity, The Katie Piper Foundation - won the Ultimate Editor's Choice award.

She said: "It's fantastic that it's Cosmo because it's one of the magazines I once looked at and aspired to look like women on it's pages, and that they're showing a woman like me, unairbrushed on its pages is a really good thing to me.

"I set up a charity called the Katie Piper Foundation and one of the main things we're trying to do is show that looking different or scarred or disfigured doesn't mean you're not attractive or you can't achieve things."