Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley leave Daybreak

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Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley leave Daybreak

[[Adrian Chiles]] and [[Christine Bleakley]] presented their final Daybreak this morning, after 15 months in the job.

The pair had been expected to stay on until the New Year, but after the news broke of their departure the date was brought forward.

Adrian will continue in his role as the presenter of ITV’s live football coverage, which includes the FA Cup, England’s internationals as well as the UEFA Champions League. Adrian will also continue with his topical discussion show, That Sunday Night Show, which will return to ITV1 for a third series in 2012.

Christine will focus on a range of peak time shows for ITV1, including a new role as the co-presenter of Dancing on Ice alongside Phillip Schofield. Later this month Christine will also host Westlife: For The Last Time and co-present ITV’s major new charity and entertainment initiative for Christmas, Text Santa. ITV1 is also developing a new peak time factual entertainment challenge show with Christine as well as a new peak time home renovation programme.

Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television, said: “Adrian and Christine are both superb presenters. They have worked tirelessly to help establish Daybreak on ITV1 and they leave the show at a point when ratings have recently seen their biggest year on year increase.”

Updated: Monday 5 December 2011