Huw Edwards mulled switch to ITV to fill void left by Piers Morgan
Welsh broadcaster Huw Edwards approached ITV about filling the void filled by Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, according to the Times.
It is understood that no decision has been made as ITV searches for a long-term presenter to fill the role after Piers Morgan stormed out in March over coverage of Meghan the Duchess of Sussex.
The sticking point may have been that Huw Edwards remains keen to continue presenting general elections and royal occasions, including planned coverage for the Queen’s death, sources said.
‘Fair for the viewers’
Huw Edwards had told Radio Cymru in August that he couldn’t see himself continuing to occupy the presenter’s chair on the News at Ten for very long.
However, he told Dewi Llwyd’s Sunday Programme on Radio Cymru in an interview before his 60th birthday that he wanted to continue broadcasting.in some capacity.
“I believe that a time comes when you’re bound to re-assess what’s in front of you,” he said. “That’s perfectly natural.
“And now that a big milestone is here, which is 60 years old, it’s natural for a man to think ‘am I going to continue in this job for another five years or do I want to do something different?’”
He added that like Radio Cymru presenter Dewi Llwyd he was “a natural broadcaster” and so wouldn’t give up presenting or broadcasting.
“But the nightly news business, after 20 years, that can be taxing, even though I still enjoy the job,” he said.
“But I don’t think I’ll be doing that for long. Because I believe that, in the first place, I think it’s fair for the viewers to get a change.
“Secondly, I have co-workers who are very talented – it’s time to give them a chance too.
“And I think it’s an appropriate time to consider what’s ahead.
“I won’t disappear tomorrow from the 10 o clock news because I’m still enjoying myself. But of course, I’m thinking about the working patterns of the future.
“And the truth is that I don’t want to sustain these working patterns for a long time to come because I don’t believe it’s a very wise thing at all.”
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It is difficult to imagine a less ITV person than Huw Edwards.
When I remove a stone from my shoe it does not require a replacement.
If he left a void at all it was entirely the wrong shape to be filled by a human being.