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Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones to host Daybreak

Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones
Image caption Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones

Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones have been unveiled as the new presenters of ITV1 breakfast show Daybreak.

Kelly already hosts a weekday morning show on the channel, while former choirboy Jones has presented a number of programmes on TV and radio.

The pair will team up on the sofa "later this year", ITV said.

Kelly, 52, added: "I'm really looking forward to this challenge and to working with Aled who is a warm, funny and a thoroughly decent bloke."

Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley joined Daybreak as presenters when it was launched as the replacement for GMTV in September 2010.

But after disappointing ratings for the programme, the pair left in December last year, with Dan Lobb and Kate Garraway presenting on an interim basis.

Jones, 41, who has hosted BBC One's Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2's The Early Breakfast Show, said: "I am thoroughly looking forward to sharing the sofa every morning with such a consummate professional as Lorraine Kelly.

"We've known each other for a very long time and have always had a lot of fun together. We hope that the viewers enjoy being part of our breakfast family."

Fiona Keenaghan, ITV's Controller of Daytime and Lifestyle, added: "I'm incredibly excited to be taking ITV's breakfast show forward with Lorraine and Aled at the helm.

"They are two of the country's most loved and talented presenters and having seen them together, I know viewers are in for a real treat."

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