GMTV presenter Kate Garraway is set to be reunited with her former husband after he landed a top job at the breakfast show. According to the Mirror Ian Rumsey is being drafted in from ITV News to be editor of GMTV, in what insiders say is a blow to Kate. The 43-year-old married Ian in 1998 but the couple split five years later amid rumours he had cheated on her twice. "Once was bad enough, twice was unforgivable. I could no longer trust him," she is said to have told a friend at the time. However Ian - who is set to join the show next month - denied the allegations and blamed the split on Kate's unsociable working hours. GMTV bosses told the paper that the pair were on "friendly terms" but an insider said, "The appointment has raised a few eyebrows. "It's a bit embarrassing for Kate to be reporting to someone she was involved in a messy split with." Ian's appointment is the latest in a series of shake-ups for the show. The revamp has already lead to Penny Smith and Ben Shephard leaving, while Adrian Chiles is set to join GMTV following his departure from The One Show last week. Ian said on Friday he had the "utmost respect" for Kate as a journalist and presenter. "She's enormously experienced and talented. We are good friends outside of the office and have remained in regular contact," he said. "I'm delighted to be taking over the reins at GMTV. It needs to be back where it belongs - on top."
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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