By 18 March 1983, a boardroom coup ensued, when Peter Jay stepped aside allowing Jonathan Aitken to become chief executive of the station. On the same day Angela Rippon and Anna Ford came out publicly to support Peter Jay, unaware he had already left. A month later both Rippon and Ford were sacked. At the same time, Greg Dyke was brought in as director of programmes to help overhaul the station’s output.
In early April 1983, David Frost was moved to the Sunday slot, and was replaced by sports presenter Nick Owen to front the Good Morning show, with Anne Diamond joining from the BBC to become his co-presenter, six weeks later. During April, the live comic strip, “The World of Melanie Parker” was axed.
On Monday 23 May 1983, TV-am’s new look started. Daybreak was axed, with Good Morning Britain extending to start at 6.25. Commander David Philpott was moved to present the weather at the weekends only, with Wincey Willis becoming the new weekday weather presenter, and a host of new features were introduced: “History of Today” by Jeremy Beadle, An exercise spot with Lizzie Webb, cooking with a retired Vicar called the Cooking Cannon (Rustie Lee would later take over), fishing correspondent, “Codfather” George Vella, Nick Owen with Lynda Barry (later succeeded by Anne), reading out the newspaper bingo numbers.
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Good Morning Britain Titles
Studio and Presenters
Anne Diamond and Nick Owen
June 1983- Summer 1986
John Stapleton also covered.
Kay Burley, Mike Morris, Richard Keys and Anne Diamond :
Mike Morris and Lorraine Kelly
Autumn 1989- December 1992
Maya Even, and Kathryn Holloway also covered for Holidays. Richard Keys left in 1990
Will be added shorty.
There were two versions. in 1988 more colour was added to the background
With Gordon Honeycombe. Geoff Meade did cover holidays
Gordon Honeycombe left in 1989 and replaced by Lisa Aziz