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ITV bosses announce Daybreak editor David Kermode will be replaced by Karl Newton following failed relaunch

ITV1's Daybreak editor David Kermode has announced he will leave the ailing breakfast programme next month, less than two months after an attempt to revive the show.

The programme attracts an average of just 700,000 viewers, compared to rival BBC’s 1.5 million.

As such, it was relaunched last month with Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones brought in to head the new presenting team.

Despite ITV sources saying that the programme “was only relaunched last month and things have begun to settle down. It looks like a more confident programme," staff were told on Friday that changes were being made.

Karl Newton, the executive producer of Daybreak and ITV1's This Morning, will now take over at the beginning of December.

An ITV spokesman said: "Daybreak editor David Kermode will be leaving the programme at the end of November.

"We would like to thank him for his hard work and the part he played in helping to deliver the many changes which have been made to Daybreak over the course of the year. We wish him well for the future.”

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