The BBC has reignited the cloning controversy after replacing the female presenter of its flagship evening programme with an exact replica.
Alex Jones made her debut last night on BBC One’s daily dose of frothy, early evening nonsense, following in the perfectly pedicured footsteps of Christine Bleakley, who stunned the nation by landing a huge contract to co-host ITV’s GMTV clone, Daybreak.
Writing to Points of View, Mrs Ada Parks from Walthamstow, said, ‘I am stunned that anyone would want to give Christine Bleakley a huge contract to co-host Daybreak.’
The decision to place a clone on the coveted One Show sofa is a bold and controversial step, and one which is sure to cause confusion. Yet the BBC resolutely stands by its choice. Speaking from his suite in La Belle Plage, Mauritius, where he is covering the annual Kiteival for the Corporation, the Head of BBC News (Factual), John Junket, said, ‘I am delighted. It is a fantastic coup for the BBC. Christine is a very talented and well-liked presenter.’
Ms Jones hails from Northern Ireland. She began her career as a runner and then as a floor manager before moving in front of the camera. A series of high profile presenting roles quickly followed, including a spell as co-host of risible Brian Conley vehicle, Let Me Entertain You. More recently, she has hit the headlines over her relationship with shamed England ‘footballer’, Frank Lampard.