Huw Edwards ‘eyes up’ Piers Morgan’s empty chair and sounds out ITV bosses about trading BBC News at 10 for Good Morning Britain

  • According to reports, Huw Edwards was being considered to replace Piers Morison on GMB
  • The BBC News presenter, 60, was in talks with ITV bosses to fill the empty seat
  • Despite Huw being keen, the talks never led to a job offer.

Huw Edwards was reportedly being considered to replace Piers Morgan as a presenter on Good Morning Britain – but talks with GMB officials were unsuccessful.

The BBC newsreader, 60, who has spent nearly twenty years hosting the BBC News at Ten, was said to have been in talks with ITV bosses about fillling Piers’ empty seat on the show.

According to The Times, sources suggested Huw was ‘keen’ on becoming one of ITV’s leading presenters after nearly four decades at the BBC, since joining as a trainee in 1984.

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards, 60, was said to have been in talks with ITV bosses about fillling Piers Morgan's empty seat on the show - but the talks did not materialise into a job offer

Huw Edwards, 60-year-old BBC newsreader, was said to be in talks with ITV bosses regarding filling Piers Morgan’s empty seat on the show. But the talks did not result in a job.

He was reportedly hoping to continue as the BBC’s lead presenter for significant national moments while also taking up the new role at ITV, but has since told his colleagues that the talks did not materialise into a job offer.

It comes after Piers quit the morning show in March following his reaction to Meghan Markle interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

The 56-year-old journalist was forced to quit GMB after he refused to apologise for his ‘honestly held opinions’ after claiming he didn’t ‘believe a word’ Meghan Markle said during her Oprah Winfrey interview, first broadcast on CBS on March 7, leading to a tense exchange with co-star Alex Beresford.

His co-host Susanna Reid (50) remained in the position following his departure. She has been joined by a number of temporary co-stars, including Richard Bacon and Richard Madeley, as well as Alastair Campbell, whose recruitment has been described as ‘a low point. 

It comes after Piers (pictured with co-host Susanna Reid) famously quit the morning show in March in the wake of his reaction to Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey

It happens after Piers (pictured here with Susanna Reid), famously quit the morning program in March following his reaction to Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey

Meghan made a formal complaint to Ofcom about the TV host after he dismissed her account of suffering suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the Royal Family

After the TV host dismissed Meghan’s claims of suffering suicidal thoughts or experiencing racism at The Royal Family’s hands, Meghan filed a formal complaint to Ofcom.  

Later, it was revealed that Meghan had filed a formal complaint against Ofcom regarding the TV host after he dismissed her claims of experiencing suicidal thoughts as well as racism at the hands the Royal Family. 

In September, however, the regulator cleared Mr Morgan of his comments about the Duchess Of Sussex. This had sparked over 50,000 complaints alleging that he was ‘harmful’ or ‘highly offensive’.

The UK’s broadcasting watchdog called attempts at silence the MailOnline columnist a “chilling restriction of freedom of expression”. 

Piers’ departure from GMB cost ITV approximately 790,000 viewers and millions in advertising revenue. The ratings gap between GMB Breakfast and rival BBC Breakfast is growing.