Susanna Reid leaves Breakfast for ITV

Susanna Reid Susanna Reid joined the BBC nearly 20 years ago

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It has been confirmed that Susanna Reid has left BBC Breakfast to join ITV.

She will co-host the channel's new breakfast show Good Morning Britain, which will replace Daybreak.

Reid will join a team of four presenters including Charlotte Hawkins, former GMTV host Ben Shephard and Sean Fletcher who used to work for BBC News.

Reid has co-hosted Breakfast with Bill Turnbull since 2012 when the programme moved to Salford. However she chose to commute regularly from London, where she lives with her three young sons.

Her agent recently confirmed that she has split with her long-term partner Dominic Cotton, who previously worked as a sports journalist at the BBC.

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After press reports last December linked her with ITV, she was quoted in the Mirror as saying: "If you cut me open I would bleed BBC. I said when BBC Breakfast moved to Salford that the BBC runs through me like a stick of rock - and nothing has changed."

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton from Grimsby Susanna Reid reached the Strictly final last year

Popular with many Breakfast viewers, her profile grew last year when she appeared in Strictly Come Dancing and reached the final with dance partner Kevin Clifton.

BBC Breakfast editor Adam Bullimore said: "BBC Breakfast is a hugely successful programme and Susanna has been part of that. We are sorry she's decided to leave and wish her the best for the future."

The 43-year-old presenter also hosted the BBC's coverage of the New Year Fireworks in London, which was the most-watched show of the festive period, peaking with 14.1m viewers.

Reid started at the BBC nearly 20 years ago, working at Radio Bristol and then Radio 5 live. She also reported from around Europe and America, including after the 9/11 attacks in New York.

She joined Breakfast as a regular host in 2003 and also presented on BBC News Channel, covering breaking stories such as the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Reid studied politics and philosophy at Bristol University and attended Cardiff School of Journalism. As a child, she acted on stage and in Channel 4 programme The Price.

ITV's breakfast show has gone through a number of line-up changes since it launched in 2010 and has also had four editors since its inception. BBC Breakfast has maintained its audience ratings of 1.5m viewers since the Salford relocation, while Daybreak currently draws around 600,000 viewers daily.

Daybreak's Lorraine Kelly will now host her own programme, called Lorraine, from 08:30 every weekday, while Aled Jones will present a new morning show on Saturdays and Sundays titled Weekend.

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