One Show host Christine Bleakley 'torn' over TV offers

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TV presenter Christine Bleakley admitted tonight she is "torn" by offers to make her future with ITV or the BBC - but has not yet plumped for either.

The One Show host said that although her BBC contract will end soon, she has still to make up her mind.

Her comments came as she signed a new management deal which means she is now represented by the same company as pal Adrian Chiles.

It follows speculation that Bleakley had already opted for a new deal at the BBC.

She confirmed she is keen to rekindle her on-screen partnership with Chiles, but would also like to continue working with the BBC.

Chiles quit BBC1's The One Show earlier this year after falling out with programme bosses. He has signed up as host of a soon-to-be-revamped GMTV, which has recently seen an exodus of presenters.

Bleakley acknowledged there was a space for her on the ITV early show but she was reluctant to go for 5am starts.

She said today: "In the light of constant speculation about my future I'd like to clarify a few things.

"It's been reported that I've signed for ITV, signed for the BBC and in both cases for astronomical sums.

"The truth is that as it stands, my current contract with the BBC ends shortly. I'm flattered to have received great offers from both the BBC and ITV, which I now have to decide between."

She continued: "I am torn. On one hand I am really keen to work again with Adrian. We have a brilliant relationship on and off screen, although I can't say I'd particularly relish the idea of dealing with him at 5am every morning.

"On the other hand the BBC is incredibly good to me and I'm very close to everyone on The One Show, which I love presenting. The BBC's plans for The One Show are very exciting.

"I expect to make a decision on my future very soon," she added.