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Good Morning Britain (2014 TV programme)

Good Morning Britain (often shortened to GMB) is a British breakfast programme, broadcast on weekdays from 6:00 to 8:30 am on ITV. Good Morning Britain originally launched in 1983 for TV-am before being replaced by GMTV and later Daybreak. Good Morning Britain relaunched on 28 April 2014, after Daybreak was cancelled. As of Autumn 2017, Good Morning Britain has around 900,000 viewers tuning in daily (with an audience share of 20% and a peak of 1 million viewers) despite the programme previously struggling in the ratings.

Good Morning Britain
Good Morning Britain Logo 2017.png
Logo from March 2017-present
Genre Breakfast television programme
Directed by Erron Gordon[1]
Presented by
Theme music composer
  • Henry Gorman
  • Simon Hill
  • Rob May[2]
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) The London Studios (2014–18)
Television Centre (2018–)
Editor(s) Neil Thompson[3]
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 150–270 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) ITV Breakfast Limited – part of (ITV Studios)
Original network ITV (ITV Breakfast)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV 16:9)
Original release Original series:
1 February 1983 – 31 December 1992
Revived series:
28 April 2014 – present
Preceded by Daybreak (2010–2014)
Related shows Lorraine
External links

So far there have been various main presenters; from the beginning in April 2014, the hosts were Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher, but in January 2015, Reid and Shephard became the two main hosts, with Hawkins reading the news and Matterface, as sports editor, presenting the sports news. In September 2015, Shephard cut his appearances to just two days a week, with Kate Garraway covering the other three until November 2015 when Piers Morgan joined the presenting line-up. Garraway is currently a newsreader on Thursdays and a co-host on Fridays, often joined by Shephard.



Good Morning Britain is a news, lifestyle, showbiz and entertainment magazine programme which informs the day ahead, bringing the latest news, sport and weather headlines to the nation. The early-morning show is interspersed with celebrity interviews, human-interest features, showbiz updates, financial advice, political news, health items and live reports from locations across the UK and around the world.


Good Morning Britain launched on 28 April 2014, with four main presenters – Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher. In-depth news stories were presented, as well as shorter bulletins and headline updates. Sports news was also featured with Fletcher, and Shephard also contributed when Fletcher was unavailable. Weather bulletins are presented by Laura Tobin, with Alex Beresford standing in when Tobin is unavailable. Entertainment news takes place with Richard Arnold. Interviews and discussions took place throughout the show, usually with two of the four presenters. On most days, a celebrity guest would appear at the end of the show.

Reid, Shephard and Hawkins all presented 4 days a week, with Fletcher presenting every day. When Reid wasn't present, Hawkins took her place. When Hawkins was unavailable or standing in for Reid, either Kate Garraway or Ranvir Singh would take her place. John Stapleton would present in place of Shephard when he was unavailable.

Between 13 June and 11 July, the team reported on the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Fletcher live from Brazil with all the highlights and reaction. They also employed special graphics and music adapted especially for the event.

During July, the presenters often went outside by the River Thames for parts of the show, when it was normally a nice morning. News bulletins were presented from the studio as normal.

Up until September, one of the presenting team would read a news bulletin at 09:00 for sister show Lorraine.

On 19 September, there was an extended Scottish Independence Referendum special from 06:00 until 10:00, with Reid and Shephard presenting live from Edinburgh, while Hawkins and Singh presented from the studio in London.

On 2 December, Phillip Schofield co-hosted Good Morning Britain as part of a 24-hour TV presenting challenge for Text Santa. He also interviewed David Cameron live from 10 Downing Street later in the programme.


The programme had a refreshed start to its second year on-air, with a new lighter theme tune, and slight alterations to the set. The desk had been made smaller, with the logo lit up at the front, and there are now only three seats behind it instead of four. Timings throughout the show were also changed. News bulletins remain the same, however only one sport bulletin takes place, and weather bulletins and regional news have moved their slots.

The presenting team also changed. Reid and Shephard continued as main presenters, while Hawkins became newsreader, and Fletcher was appointed sports editor.

In January, Hawkins left for maternity leave. During this time, Garraway covered the majority of Hawkins episodes, with Stapleton and Singh also covering at times. When either Reid or Shephard were unavailable, Garraway became the main presenter. Once Hawkins returned in June, she became newsreader three days a week. Fletcher acted occasionally as a stand-in newsreader.

During the week of 13 April, former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan guest presented the show. He presented alongside Reid and Garraway, whilst Shephard was working elsewhere.

On 8 May, there was an extended General Election special from 06:00 until 09:25, with Reid and Tom Bradby presenting in the studio, replacing Shephard who was in the studio until 06:50 when he went down to present from the River Thames to talk to voters.

On 14 May, sister show Lorraine was broadcast from the Good Morning Britain studio due to industrial action at ITV.

John Stapleton left the show in July, marking the end of his ITV Breakfast career.

On 24 July, Good Morning Britain broadcast a special programme live from inside Buckingham Palace with Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway. They presented a majority of the programme from inside the palace. Throughout the show, they broadcast a royal tour around all the state rooms reviewing some of the famous objects and paintings which are displayed. Laura Tobin was live from the Palace Gardens with the weather. Hawkins and Singh were in the studio with news bulletins.

On 4 August, the programme was interrupted by a fire alarm 7 minutes before the show was going to end. They were talking to Emmerdale stars Charley Webb and Anthony Quinlan who were live from West Yorkshire. The fire alarm sounded mid-interview and the studio had to be evacuated. They left viewers with a pre-recorded standby programme to fill the timeslot, followed by a pre-recorded episode of sister show Lorraine', before the programme came live on-air at 8:50am.

From September, Shephard had his shows cut down to two a week, with Garraway covering the other three.

On 16 November, Reid presented the majority of the programme live from Paris in the wake of the Paris Attacks the Friday prior. Hawkins and Garraway also presented from the studio.

On 23 November, Piers Morgan[4] joined the team permanently, after his earlier guest week. He presents three days a week. A few days later, the programme's political editor Sue Jameson left the show to move to Australia.


The format remained the same throughout 2016.

On 29 February, the programme was dedicated to the Oscars with specially made opening titles, theme music and graphics.

On 22 March, the show was extended to 10:30 to cover the breaking news of the Brussels bombings. Morgan and Reid presented hard-hitting coverage of the news shortly after the report broke out at 07:15. The extended coverage meant that sister show Lorraine and The Jeremy Kyle Show were both cancelled, although Lorraine did start for the first 10 minutes. The following day, Reid presented coverage of the aftermath live from Brussels, while Morgan and Hawkins presented from the studio.

On 25 March, the programme was due to be broadcast but was unable to due to an evacuation at The London Studios due to a fire just before 07:00. The fire took 2 hours to fully extinguish. Filling the timeslot was a pre-recorded standby episode of the programme, with Shephard and Reid, followed by an episode of Dinner Date. Sister show Lorraine was broadcast as normal from 8:30am as its Friday edition is pre-recorded.

Between 28 March and 8 April Jeremy Kyle and newsreader Mark Austin were guest presenters for the Easter break. Austin returned for a further 2 editions on 31 May and 1 June.

On 24 June, the show was again extended to 09:25 to cover the result of the EU Referendum, with Morgan and Reid presenting from the studio. As the result was announced, Morgan and Reid presented hard-hitting coverage of the result, and of David Cameron's resignation.

On 22 July, Good Morning Britain broadcast another royal edition live from inside Buckingham Palace with Kate Garraway and Ranvir Singh. They presented a majority of the programme live from inside the palace. Throughout the show, they broadcast a royal tour around all the state rooms reviewing some of the famous objects and paintings which are displayed. Laura Tobin was live from the Palace Gardens with the weather. Hawkins was in the studio with news bulletins.

Morgan and Reid didn't present during August, due to holidays. During this time, Shephard, Garraway, Hawkins and Singh alternated. They presented coverage of the Rio Olympics for the majority of the month with Nick Dixon live from Rio de Janeiro with all the highlights. They had adapted special graphics and theme music to mark the event.

On 19 August, sister show Lorraine was broadcast from the Good Morning Britain studio due to technical problems in its original studio.

On 5 September, coinciding with the return of Reid and Morgan, there was a refresh, with some minor changes made to the set, such as a new modified desk with new lighting and a perspex glass top. Furthermore, the wood panelling was replaced with white panels in the sofa area and weather area, with the latter receiving a new weather screen. The studio's accent lighting was also changed from orange to yellow. Graphic changes were also made, with a new over the shoulder graphic as well as a new Coming Up screen.

On 3 October, new weather graphics were introduced. These new graphics created a link between Good Morning Britain and ITV Weather.

On 9 November, the show was extended up until 09:25 covering the latest news and results of the US presidential election, with Reid and Morgan live in New York City, Singh in Washington DC and correspondents with reaction from across the United States.


On 26 January, newsreader and relief presenter Ranvir Singh was announced as the programme's new Political Editor.[5]

On 20 March, the programme updated its on-screen graphics, theme tune and logo. Their logo was updated to a more stylish look, their graphics were changed to a more square style and their theme tune was updated to a more formal, news-type theme. No set changes were made in this time, apart from the lit up logo on the front of the desk was swapped to their new one, with its lighting changed.

On 23 March, Morgan and Reid presented the show live from the eastern entrance of Westminster Bridge following the Westminster attacks the previous day. Shephard and Garraway also presented the show from the studio.

During the week of 10 April, Eamonn Holmes guest presented the show. He presented alongside Garraway and Hawkins for the week while Morgan and Reid were on their Easter break.

On 23 May, the programme was extended to 09:25 following the news of the Manchester Arena bombing. The original 2014 version of the theme returned for this special edition.

During the week of 29 May, Holmes returned to guest-present the show with Hawkins and Singh following his earlier guest week in April.

On 5 June, the programme was extended to 09:30 following the news of the London Bridge terror attack presented by Morgan and Reid.

On 9 June, the team provided special coverage of the UK General Election. Morgan and Reid were in the studio and correspondents were live from across Britain with the latest results.

On 14 June, the programme was extended until 10:30 following the breaking news of the Grenfell Tower fire, presented by Morgan and Reid.

On 19 June, Morgan and Reid hosted special coverage of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack.

In August, Morgan and Reid did not present the programme, due to holidays. During this time, Richard Madeley, Jeremy Kyle and Eamonn Holmes alternated alongside regular presenters Garraway, Hawkins and Singh.

From 21 August to 1 September 2017, the programme temporarily extended to 09:25 with a filler show called ’GMB Today’, as Lorraine went on a two-week summer break for major upgrades in its studio. Lorraine returned to its original time on ITV on 4 September.

In the last week of August, Love Island winners Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay stepped in for Richard Arnold, GMB's usual entertainment correspondent, and hosted the entertainment segments of Good Morning Britain and GMB Today.

Presenters and reportersEdit

Good Morning Britain's current main presenters are Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Kate Garraway and Piers Morgan.[6][7]

Main presenters Duration Role
Susanna Reid 2014–present Main Presenter (Monday-Thursday)
Piers Morgan 2015–present Main Presenter (Monday-Wednesday)
Ben Shephard 2014–present Main Presenter (Thursday-Friday)
Charlotte Hawkins 2014–present Main Newsreader (Monday-Wednesday, Friday)
Kate Garraway 2014–present Newsreader (Thursday)
Main Presenter (Friday)
Weather Duration Role
Laura Tobin 2014–present Main Weather Presenter (On Maternity Leave)
Alex Beresford 2014–present Deputy Weather Presenter
Lucy Verasamy 2017–present Maternity Cover for Laura Tobin
Editors Duration Role
Richard Arnold 2014–present Entertainment Editor
Martin Lewis 2014–present Financial Editor
Dr Hilary Jones 2014–present Health Editor
Ranvir Singh 2017–present Political Editor
Sean Fletcher 2014–present Sports Editor
Chris Ship 2017–present Royal Editor
Correspondents Duration Role
Richard Gaisford 2014–present Chief Correspondent
Jonathan Swain 2014–present Senior News Correspondent
Louisa James 2014–present Royal Correspondent
Ross King 2014–present US Correspondent
Nick Dixon 2014–present News Correspondent
Philippa Tomson 2014–present News Correspondent
Katy Rickitt 2014–present News Correspondent
Juliet Dunlop 2016-present News Correspondent
Luke Farrington 2017-present News Correspondent
Relief Presenters Duration Role
Ranvir Singh 2014–present Relief Presenter and Newsreader
Sean Fletcher 2015-present Relief Newsreader
Louisa James 2014–present Relief Newsreader
Richard Gaisford 2016–present Relief Newsreader
Philippa Tomson 2016–present Relief Newsreader
Relief Editors & Correspondents Duration Role
Andi Peters 2014–present Entertainment and Features Editor
Nihal Arthanayake 2016–present Entertainment Editor
Perez Hilton 2017–present US Correspondent
GMB Today Duration Role
Jeremy Kyle 2017 Main Presenter
Kate Garraway 2017 Main Presenter
Richard Madeley 2017 Main Presenter
Charlotte Hawkins 2017 Main Presenter
Ranvir Singh 2017 Main Presenter
Eamonn Holmes 2017 Main Presenter
Richard Arnold 2017 Entertainment Contributor
Ross King 2017 US Contributor
Former On-air team Duration Role
Gamal Fahnbulleh April – August 2014 News Correspondent
John Stapleton May 2014 – July 2015 Relief Presenter/Newsreader
Sue Jameson April 2014 – November 2015 Political Editor
Helen Pearson April 2014 – February 2016 Reporter

Guest presentersEdit