It was nothing to do with money’. Defected to ITV: Christine Bleakley followed Adrian Chiles after he left the BBC to join him on DaybreakIn the papers the battle for her services is described as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’. But now legal papers disclosed as part of a High Court battle with her former agent reveal that money was a key factor in her decision to quit the Corporation.
Documents lodged at the High Court as part of Miss Bleakley’s defence against agent John Noel – whom she sacked by text message last June – show that the star repeatedly ordered him to provoke a bidding war between the BBC and ITV.
When television presenter Christine Bleakley announced she was defecting from the BBC to ITV last year in a reported £9 million deal she insisted ‘with my hand on heart.
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