Karl Newton to leave ITV’s Daybreak

Editor of struggling ITV breakfast show Daybreak is to leave this week.

Karl Newton, who has been in the role for less than a year, is leaving ahead of refresh ordered by new ITV Daytime boss Helen Warner. Broadcast reports that Newton’s decision to leave was unrelated to changes being made by Warner.

Prior to working on Daybreak, Karl had success as executive producer on ITV’s This Morning who oversaw changes which led to a rise in ratings and a number of TV awards. Viewers with long memories will recall Karl on the otherside of the camera as host of Anglia Television’s Trisha Extra which aired on ITV2 looking at behind the scenes moments from the Trisha Goddard chat show.

Karl with Trisha Goddard on Anglia TV’s Trisha Extra show.

It is rumoured in the press that current presenters Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones could be replaced next year. The Mirror has reported that ITV bosses are wanting to hire Sky News Sunrise presenter Eamonn Holmes to front the show.

Daybreak launched with huge fanfare in September 2010 when ITV poached BBC presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley as the new faces of morning television. Ratings fell lower than its predecessor GMTV and the show quickly reverted back to female orientated features and former GMTV stars returned such as Richard Arnold.

Daybreak stars: Current hosts of the ITV breakfast show Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly.
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