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McGovern leaving BBC Breakfast to present own Channel 4 show in Leeds


Steph McGovern is leaving BBC Breakfast to present her own daily show on Channel 4.

The Steph Show will be broadcast live from the broadcaster’s new national HQ in Leeds from Spring 2020. It will be “a mix of entertainment, lifestyle and light current affairs” and McGovern will meet “a variety of guests from the worlds of showbiz, politics and beyond.”

Channel 4 added: “Steph will be joined by a different, well-known co-host each week for a lively look at the topics of the day, as well as consumer affairs, fun features and lots of interaction with the viewers – all filmed in front of a live audience.”

The Steph Show will be produced by Expectation in partnership with West Yorkshire-based Can Can Productions. The executive producer will be Can Can MD Rebecca Papworth, who previously established Hat Trick North.

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McGovern, who grew up in Middlesbrough, has presented on BBC Breakfast since 2011. She said: “I’m really chuffed to be creating my own live show with Channel 4 in Leeds.

“It’s going to be nerve-wracking, but there’s nothing I love more than finding out what makes people tick, whether it’s a famous face or someone we haven’t met yet who has a cracking story to tell. This is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to get started next year. Just a small matter of having a baby first!”

Jo Street, Head of Daytime for Channel 4, added: “Getting Steph to present the brand new live daytime show is the best possible way to start my Channel 4 adventure. Steph is a brilliant broadcaster with great intelligence, warmth and wit… and a good measure of cheek and mischief as well. She embodies all the qualities I want Channel 4 Daytime to be – and I know Steph is going to do a fantastic job as we start a daily conversation with our audience.

“Broadcasting this new show live from Leeds is an important moment for Channel 4 as we further cement our commitment to out-of-London commissioning and showcase the home of our new national HQ.”

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, Channel 4, said: “Steph is one of the warmest, smartest and funniest talents on British TV and I’m thrilled she’s joining Channel 4. She’ll deliver a massive dose of energy and fun to our schedules and kickstart the Channel 4 day.” 

Regular BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker tweeted that McGovern would be “a big loss but she’ll also be fantastic at her new gig and we wish her all the best. Well done. Consistently brilliant.”


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