Huw Edwards 'eyes up' Piers Morgan's chair on Good Morning Britain

Huw Edwards ‘eyes up’ Piers Morgan’s empty chair and sounds out ITV bosses about trading BBC News at 10 for Good Morning Britain

  • Huw Edwards was reportedly being considered to replace Piers Morgan on GMB
  • The BBC News presenter, 60, was in talks with ITV bosses to fill the empty seat
  • However, the talks did not materialise into a job offer despite Huw being ‘keen’

Huw Edwards was reportedly being considered to replace Piers Morgan as a presenter on Good Morning Britain – but talks with GMB officials were unsuccessful.

The BBC newsreader, 60, who has spent nearly twenty years hosting the BBC News at Ten, was said to have been in talks with ITV bosses about fillling Piers’ empty seat on the show.

According to The Times, sources suggested Huw was ‘keen’ on becoming one of ITV’s leading presenters after nearly four decades at the BBC, since joining as a trainee in 1984.

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards, 60, was said to have been in talks with ITV bosses about fillling Piers Morgan’s empty seat on the show – but the talks did not materialise into a job offer

He was reportedly hoping to continue as the BBC’s lead presenter for significant national moments while also taking up the new role at ITV, but has since told his colleagues that the talks did not materialise into a job offer.

It comes after Piers famously quit the morning show in March in the wake of his reaction to Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

The 56-year-old journalist was forced to quit GMB after he refused to apologise for his ‘honestly held opinions’ after claiming he didn’t ‘believe a word’ Meghan Markle said during her Oprah Winfrey interview, first broadcast on CBS on March 7, leading to a tense exchange with co-star Alex Beresford.

His co-host Susanna Reid, 50, stayed in the post following his departure, while she has been joined by a host of temporary co-stars including Richard Bacon, Richard Madeley and Alastair Campbell – whose recruitment has been deemed ‘a low point’. 

It comes after Piers (pictured with co-host Susanna Reid) famously quit the morning show in March in the wake of his reaction to Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey

Meghan made a formal complaint to Ofcom about the TV host after he dismissed her account of suffering suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the Royal Family  

It later emerged that Meghan made a formal complaint to Ofcom about the TV host after he dismissed her account of suffering suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the Royal Family. 

However, in September the regulator sensationally cleared Mr Morgan over his comments about the Duchess of Sussex, which had sparked 50,000 complaints allegeding that what he said was ‘harmful’ and ‘highly offensive’.

The UK’s broadcasting watchdog called attempts to silence the MailOnline columnist a ‘chilling restriction on freedom of expression’. 

Piers’ departure from GMB cost ITV around 790,000 viewers and millions more in advertising revenue with the ratings gap between GMB and rival BBC Breakfast growing.

PIERS MORGAN: Ofcom’s vindication of me is a resounding victory for freedom of speech   

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