Young, 28, will continue to present the Channel 5 evening news, where she has made a success of a unique format that involves her perching on a desk and walking around the studio. The current presenters of Talk Radio's breakfast show, Paul Ross and Carol McGriffin, will move to Talk's weekend morning show. The breakfast show is a mixture of news, entertainment interviews and phone ins.
Other news programmes are understood to have been approaching Young, but she recently signed a new contract to stay with Channel 5 until 2000. The channel's news programme has been praised for its new approach: the format less formal, with shorter news items and the news agenda dictated less by Westminster reports and concentrating more on "consumer interest" items. In a separate boost yesterday, the news show picked up the Royal Television Society's craft and design award for the look of the show.
Its style is designed to attract a younger audience than traditional programmes and the show has been getting respectable ratings of around half a million. The distinctiveness of the show was confirmed last month, when the Independent Television Commission allowed Channel 5 to move Young's news to 7pm from January, the same time as Channel 4's news, because they serve very different audiences.Reuse content