ITV have confirmed that Loose Women and Lorraine Kelly‘s breakfast speak present Lorraine shall be cancelled until further notice on account of the coronavirus outbreak. In a press release, the broadcaster wrote: “ITV Daytime has taken the decision to stop broadcasting Lorraine and Loose Women live from Monday 23rd March. This decision has been made to minimise the number of staff travelling in and out of our studios and working together on shift at any one time.
“We’re focusing our efforts on offering to viewers the newest information on the quickly altering state of affairs which goals to supply some stability and continuity in all our lives while so many people are at residence proper now. That’s why now we have taken this robust determination to guard our GMB News programme within the morning and hold This Morning on air for so long as attainable.”
The two shows have been cancelled
They went on: “From Monday we shall be working an prolonged model of Good Morning Britain from 0600 until 10am. At 9am Lorraine Kelly will be part of Piers within the GMB studio for the final hour and then hand straight over to the This Morning studio with Phillip and Holly as typical working from 10am until 1230pm. We will then run a few of our most favorite repeat episodes of Loose Women from 12.30pm to 1.30pm to offer viewers one thing to smile about every day at lunchtime.
“We have been reducing our crew numbers over the last week and these changes will enable us to reduce them further and help us build further resilience with the aim of Daytime content continuing to air for as long as possible. Safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved with our programmes is our priority and in this dynamically developing situation we will obviously continue to review these new arrangements on a day by day basis and follow at all times the latest PHE and WHO guidelines.
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Phillip Schofield had previously hinted that This Morning might be cancelled, telling a guest that they were “holding on by a thread” on Wednesday’s show. Loose Woman and Lorraine are the latest in a line of programmes that have been put on hold during the virus outbreak, including EastEnders, Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders.
Meanwhile, Coronation Street and Emmerdale bosses have announced that they will continue filming the two soaps in a statement which read: “The continued transmission of each soaps is a precedence to all of us at ITV and to our audiences who benefit from the reveals. Whilst fastidiously adhering to the newest well being recommendation from the Government and Public Health England, our manufacturing groups are persevering with to movie episodes in Manchester and Leeds.
“With this change of transmission pattern it will ensure we have great new soap episodes coming to air every weekday night until at least the early summer. With effect from Monday 30 March Coronation Street and Emmerdale’s scheduling pattern will be changing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Emmerdale will air Monday to Friday at 7pm and Coronation Street Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm.”
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