GMB’s Richard Arnold addresses ‘change of guard’ on ITV with Ben Shephard | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Good Morning Britain star Richard Arnold has recently marked 25 years on breakfast television. The presenter began his TV career on The Sunday Show for the BBC.
In 1997, he joined GMTV as a TV critic before going on to work on GMTV and LK Today.
In 2012, Arnold became the Showbiz Editor for ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak, and when the programme was axed in 2014, Richard joined Good Morning Britain.
The showbiz journalist has now looked back on his career during an interview with OK! in which he described his return to ITV after doing radio as “coming back to the family”.
Asked whether he had ever thought of a “plan B” for his career, Richard said: “There was a change of guard when they launched Daybreak, and myself and Ben weren’t part of it.
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“I’d just turned 40 at the time and I ended up going to LBC Radio, which has always been a big love of mine, so it worked out.
“But after a year or so, I started getting phone calls from ITV flirting with the idea of returning.
“It felt like coming back to the family, as it had been such a big chunk of my career.”
However, breakfast television is not always easy and can be subject to intense scrutiny.
“But now, of course, it’s all out there and then the minute you say something on the show it’s clickbait or there’s a tremendous heat about it.”
The broadcaster also discussed how the format of the breakfast show has changed over the years.
He explained: “When Kate, Ben and I first started doing that show. I’ve been on it since 1997. The format has changed a lot over the years.
“Kate is brilliant, she always says to me because obviously, we’re all mates we’ve known each other for so long, ‘do you think we’ll see the end of linear television?’ and I said ‘we might do’.”