“GMTV’s” Penny Smith Quits After 17 Years Presenting Breakfast Show. “GMTV” presenter Penny Smith has confirmed that she will be leaving the program after 17 years. The news comes during a time when ITV is undergoing plans to revamp the breakfast show. Smith will go on to host a new BBC Radio 2 Opera show in June and continue to work on her third novel. The presenter explains: “It’s an ideal time for me to say goodbye to early mornings. Now that the format has changed, I have taken the plunge and am moving on.” Neil Thompson, “GMTV’s” managing editor, said “Penny has been a welcoming and familiar face on Britain’s breakfast screens for many years. She has become a hallmark of GMTV’s presentation, not only on the sofa but also as a newsreader. She has done a fantastic job over the last 17 years and has made an enormous contribution to the success of the News Hour.” Smith’s co-presenter John Stapleton has been made the show’s first special correspondent. Stapleton said “I’m going back to doing what I love best – covering major national and international news stories, and, after 12 years of getting up at 3.45am, I’m looking forward to having at least a few lie-ins a week when I’m not on duty.”It has also being reported that Smith is in talks with ITV for future projects.
American soul legend Smokey Robinson and homegrown stars Doves and Dizzee Rascal are the first names confirmed to play at this year’s BBC Electric Proms, which takes place at The Roundhouse in London from 20th – 24th October. All three shows will be broadcast completely live on BBC radio with highlights broadcast on BBC Two. The festival – dedicated to creating new moments in music Continue reading →
Kylie Minogue stole the show at the BBC’s Abba tribute concert on Sunday with her only UK performance of 2009. The 41-year-old took to the stage towards the end of the three-hour event in London’s Hyde Park to sing the Swedish group’s 1980 hit Super Trouper. She later returned to perform When All Is Said And Done with Abba songwriter Benny Andersson. Minogue said it was “a dream come true” to appear on stage with the Scandinavian musician. Chaka Khan, Jason Donovan and Lulu were Continue reading →
Kylie Minogue has announced that she will sing a live duet with ABBA legend Benny Andersson. The Aussie pop star said she has been a fan of the Swedish group since she was a little girl, and admits she would sing their songs into her hairbrush and dream of life as a pop idol. Now she is set to share a stage with songwriter Andersson at a tribute concert to the Swedish four-piece in London next month (Sept09). Minogue will headline BBC Radio 2′s Abba tribute concert – Thank You For The Music: A Celebration Of The Music of Abba – in Hyde Park on September 13 (09). Continue reading →