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Penny Smith was a well know icon to breakfast television. Penny departed GMTV in June 2010.

Penny began her career as a reporter and feature writer on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. After four years, she left to backpack through Central and South America and South East Asia where she reported and presented on a current affairs programme for Radio Television Hong Kong.

In 1984 she joined Radio Trent as a reporter/presenter and then worked for Central Television as press officer for documentaries and drama. After that she co-presented the local evening news for Border Television and after a year she co-presented Thames News with Andrew Gardner.

Penny then moved to Sky News before becoming presenter of GMTV`s ‘News Hour’ in April 1993. Penny has also presented ‘Crime Monthly’, ‘Crime Net’, ‘Crime File’ and ‘Crime Fighters’ for Carlton, ‘Most Wanted’ for LWT, ‘Going For A Song’ for the BBC and ‘Celebrity’ for ITV. She also co-presented the final series of The Krypton Factor alongside veteran host Gordon Burns in 1995. She has written for a number of national newspapers and magazines, including a beauty column for ‘Femail’ in the Daily Mail and articles in ‘Essentials’ magazine, ‘Good Housekeeping’ and ‘Woman and Home’.

In 2000 she was voted the 92nd sexiest woman in the world by readers of FHM.

She likes yoga, opera, tennis and hiking.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Penny Smith is to leave GMTV as part of cost cutting measures, while John Stapleton is being moved to a correspondent role, covering major events.
It is understood Penny Smith is going on to present a Radio 2 series later this year on poetry.
She said: “It?s an ideal time for me to say goodbye to early mornings. Now that the format has changed I have taken the plunge and am moving on.”

— Sky News is 26 years-old today. The channel launched at 6pm on Sunday 5th February 1989, where Penny Smith and Alistair Yates were the first presenters. — Sky News presenter, Kay Burley, has been out selling the Big Issue this morning. “Am off to…

At 6pm this evening, Sky News will be 24 years old! The 24 hour news channel launched on Sunday 5th February 1989. Penny Smith and Alastair Yates presented the first bulletin, followed an hour later by Bob Friend and Kay Burley. Sky News has posted…

GMTV presenter Emma Crosby is the latest presenter to be axed from the show. She is being dropped from the morning show as ITV bosses prepare for a relaunch with new presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley. An ITV source said: “Emma will be leaving…

A burst water main in London forced GMTV off the air for 16 minutes following a massive power cut this morning. The water main on Tooley Street burst at 4am, flooding an electrical substation. At 6.16am, Penny Smith and Andrew Castle broke into a back-up…