The highly popular live magazine daytime show, Morning Live, produced by BBC Studios, is set to return to UK screens in the New Year with extended running time and a fresh lineup of presenters.
Starting January 2nd, 2024, Helen Skelton and Michelle Ackerley will join the show as permanent presenters, sharing hosting duties with Gethin Jones every Monday to Wednesday. Gethin will continue his role, presenting four to five shows per week, while Kym Marsh will take the reins on Thursdays. The show will also feature guest presenters such as Sara Cox, Kimberley Walsh, Gaby Roslin, and Rav Wilding.
To enhance the viewer experience, Morning Live will extend its daily running time from 45 to 75 minutes, airing from 9:30 to 10:45 on weekdays. The show will maintain its distinguished team of experts, pooling expertise from various trusted BBC programs.
Helen Skelton says: “I am so excited to become a more regular member of the Morning Live family, and be in such good company! It’s really nice to be part of a programme giving so many people a voice. Everything we talk about on the show is what my friends and family are texting me about, we’re right at the heart of what matters to people right now. We’re not just highlighting problems though, we’re finding solutions and I love that we’re able to help in some small way. It’s stuff you need to know but also stuff that’s nice to know, and even when I’m not hosting, I’m sat at home with a cuppa taking it all in. I can’t wait for January!”
Michelle Ackerley says: “I am delighted to join Helen as part of the regular Morning Live line-up. I have absolutely loved being a part of the show so far, which we know can make a real difference to people’s lives. I’m looking forward to keeping our audiences company in the mornings and doing that alongside friends. I’ve known Geth and Helen for a long time now and believe or not, Helen and I used to flat share back in the day! To do this all in my home town of Manchester is a dream!”
Gethin Jones says: “I absolutely love working with Helen and Michelle and I’m thrilled they’re going to be a more regular part of the fantastic team at Morning Live. We have all been friends for years, so I know there are going to be plenty of laughs in store for our audiences to see, especially now we will be on your screen for longer, too!”
Emma Morris, Morning Live Executive Editor, BBC Studios says: “Helen and Michelle have been a huge hit with audiences as guest co-hosts since September and are both a joy to work with, so we are thrilled they will now become a permanent part of the team, alongside Gethin. They both bring a wealth of live presenting experience with them and continue our Morning Live trend for northern, female, power houses!
“We are so excited to be bringing audiences an additional 30 minutes of topical, relevant and entertaining content each day, too. With a cost of living crisis, a scam epidemic and so much fake news and misinformation shared online, Morning Live has become the go to place for impartial advice audiences can trust.”
Rob Unsworth, BBC Head of Daytime and Early Peak Commissioning says: “Morning Live was a hit from the start, but we’ve listened to all those viewers who’ve asked us if it could be longer, and are delighted and excited to add an extra half hour to its winning mix of warmth, topicality, and must-know tips, hacks and advice.”
In 2023, Morning Live tackled issues such as the accuracy of calories in fast food menus, exposed product discrepancies in a supermarket, and shed light on gang crime on an online shopping site. The show also intervened on behalf of a viewer to recover £84k from a bank and conducted a successful Scam Week, distributing over 40,000 stickers with anti-scam messaging to viewers.
Morning Live is a BBC Studios Factual Entertainment production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with Emma Morris serving as the Executive Editor for BBC Studios and Rachel Platt as the Commissioning Editor for the BBC.