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This Morning set to 'hire first black presenter' as Phil and Holly take break

This Morning bosses are reportedly planning on hiring a black presenter for the first time, 32 years after the show first aired.

A source told Daily Star that ITV held a meeting on Thursday to unveil a “diversity acceleration plan,” which included aims to recruit a black presenter.

The objective of the plan is to “better represent contemporary British life on screen,” which will be set in place by “increasing the diversity of presenters of ITV’s highest-profile programmes”.

The show’s current presenters, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are leaving the show for a two-month break as of next week.

Phil and Holly have left the show for the summer, with plans to return in September

In their place, Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes will be taking over the show, hosting from Mondays to Thursdays.

Friday episodes will be presented by a variety of guest hosts, though ITV has yet to confirm which names will be taking part.

While Phil and Holly are due to return in September, a shake-up could open the show up to more diversity and representation.

The presenting duo typically run the show from Mondays to Thursdays

The news comes after The Mail on Sunday claimed the programme’s editor Martin Frizell addressed the need for more diversity on the show.

ITV boss Martin reportedly said to staff in a video conference last month that he was “looking into” hiring a black host in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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He allegedly said: “There is not a black presenter on any of the programmes today.

Ruth and Eamonn will be taking over from Holly and Phil

“We plan to change that, we [This Morning] are looking into it.”

A source reportedly told the publication: ‘It’s a tough one for Martin. He appeared to really mean what he said so it will be difficult to simply give the presenter the once-a-week Friday slot because he would leave himself open to claims of tokenism.”

Plans are reportedly in place to similarly diversify a number of ITV’s popular shows, including Loose Women, GMB, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Daily Star Online has contacted ITV for comment.

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am

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