Rachel Riley 'in line to replace Susanna Reid' on BBC Breakfast
The Countdown number-cruncher could become the new face of the BBC's flagship morning show
Sunday 09 March 2014
Countdown presenter Rachel Riley could be replacing Susanna Reid on BBC Breakfast, according to reports.
A BBC insider told The Mirror that Riley could be the new face of the flagship morning show alongside veteran presenter Bill Turnbull.
A source said “Rachel ticks a lot of boxes and is at that stage in her career where she might be ready to try something new.
“After losing Susanna, the BBC know they have to hit back and ensure they can cling on to viewers.”
BBC bosses are said to have been impressed by Riley, who graduated from Oxford University with a maths degree and presents Channel 4’s tea-time favourite Countdown and The Gadget Show on Channel 5.
It was announced earlier this month that Reid was leaving BBC Breakfast to join Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, a new morning show set to replace the ailing Daybreak.
Reid has been a regular presenter on BBC Breakfast since 2003 and a mainstay on the show after Sian Williams left in 2012. Susanna Reid will be one of the main presenters on Good Morning Britain
She has attracted criticism in the past for flirting during an interview with actor Hugh Grant and wearing revealing clothing. Reid responded to the complaints by saying: ‘'I'm always sorry when people don't like what we do, but I have come to accept that you can't please all the people all of the time”.
Last year Reid took part in Strictly Come Dancing, where she was ironically up against Riley, who was another contestant on the eleventh series on the show.
Riley is not the only one in the running for the Breakfast couch, BBC presenter Louise Minchin and Channel 5’s Emma Crosby, who used to present GMTV, are said to be potential candidates.
Watch the new House of Cards series three trailerTV
Oscars 2015It was the first time Barney has compered the Academy Awards
Oscars 2015 From Meryl Streep whooping Patricia Arquette's equality speech to Chris Pine in tears
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men
Poldark star Heida Reed says show is not that racy: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
Historian: ‘Disney was right to show King John as a villain' in Robin Hood
Glastonbury 2015: Coldplay will not headline but Florence Welch might play, says Emily Eavis
Game of Thrones season 5 spoilers: What we can expect according to George RR Martin's books
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut