Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones have been announced as the new hosts of ITV1’s breakfast show Daybreak.
Lorraine, who already presents her eponymous weekday morning show on the channel, will be joined on the Daybreak sofa by BBC Radio 3 presenter Aled later this year.
Both presenters expressed excitement about their new jobs in a statement.
Jones said: “I am so thrilled to be joining ITV for their breakfast show. I am thoroughly looking forward to sharing the sofa every morning with such a consummate professional as Lorraine Kelly.
“We’ve known each other for a very long time and have always had a lot of fun together. We hope that the viewers enjoy being part of our breakfast family.”
And Kelly echoed his sentiments, saying: “I’m really looking forward to this challenge and to working with Aled who is a warm, funny and a thoroughly decent bloke and is already a good friend.”
Daybreak will also move from its state-of-the-art riverside studios to share studio space with sister show Lorraine later in the year.
Controller of Daytime and Lifestyle for ITV Studios, Fiona Keenaghan said: “I’m incredibly excited to be taking ITV’s breakfast show forward with Lorraine and Aled at the helm. They are two of the countries most loved and talented presenters and having seen them together, I know viewers are in for a real treat.”
Daybreak began in September 2010 and was originally presented by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, an on-screen partnership forged on the BBC’s One Show. After disappointing ratings for the programme, and poor reviews from critics, Chiles and Bleakley eventually left the show in November 2011. For the past six months the show has been presented by Dan Lobb and Kate Garraway.