It would appear that the breakfast time TV shows on both the BBC and ITV are in chaos at the moment…
First, the Daily Mirror reports that the keenly awaited revamp of failed show Daybreak has been delayed, and it may be “months” before we see new hosts and a new format.
The paper states that Daybreak’s new boss David Kermode wants the programme to target “hassled mums” and Lorraine Kelly is hotly tipped to be the main candidate as host of the show.
A Daybreak source said, “The chemistry must be perfect after the problems with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.”
And an ITV insider added, “There is a clear strategy in place for the show…”
Meanwhile, the Mirror also reports that BBC Breakfast’s move to Salford in April is “in turmoil” after engineers warned that the new studio has “no chance” of being ready in time.
However, the BBC are committed to moving on the dates specified, but insiders say there are “huge systemic problems that won’t be fixed for some time.”
And apparently, staff at the new studios have described “intolerable conditions” at MediaCity UK in Salford.
The paper adds, “The multi-million pound computer system – known as Fabric – has already caused BBC bosses to bring in outside companies to edit some of the broadcaster’s content.”
An insider said, “As things stand, it’s going to end in disaster. BBC Breakfast is a flagship programme running every single day for several hours.
“We can’t afford to suffer too many major problems – viewers will be driven mad if it effects the quality of programming on screen.”
However, the BBC’s journalism development editor, Rod Beards, said the problems are merely “snags” and added, “For me this is routine project stuff that is going on.
“There will be some annoyance to staff when something like the backup server falls over – it means double staffing.
“But we will not be delaying the launch of Breakfast.
“This is fairly normal when you have new technology that some things will not work and we need to sort them out.”
I admire his optimism, but I guess we’ll have to just wait and see what happens the first time the show airs from Salford!