This Morning poaches Channel 4 boss as inquiry into Schofield scandal rolls on

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This Morning has hired Channel 4 boss Vivek Sharma to work alongside ITV producer Martin Frizel, as they wait for the results of the external investigation into complaints about the network’s “toxic working culture”.

According to reports, ITV poached Vivek, who was the producer for Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch.

An ITV source told Mail Online: “It came as a bit of a shock to some that Vivek was hired to work alongside Martin. They have known one another for some time and have worked together too.

“But that timing, as the outcome of the investigation is expected, has meant there is lots of talk of people’s futures.”

The source added: “You can’t help but wonder if the findings from the review don’t go the way ITV hopes then Vivek might get the big job at This Morning.” has reached out to ITV for comment.

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Phillip Schofield cut ties with ITV in May after he admitted to having an affair with a younger male colleague.

Soon after his departure, an inquiry was launched into how ITV handled Phillip’s affair.

In a previous interview, Kevin Lygo, ITV’s managing director, stated the broadcaster doesn’t have “anything to hide”.

Jane Mulcahy KC is currently leading an external review of the facts after Phillip’s departure which is expected to be completed in September.

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Kevin said at the Edinburgh TV Festival “everything is available” to Jane including “every single email, WhatsApp, text” that has been sent by people involved in the situation.

He added: “We do, trust me, take it incredibly seriously. We haven’t got anything to hide and if we can adapt and change our process to make it better, then we should do it on a continuing basis.”

Reports had also surfaced about there being a “toxic working environment” at the ITV show.

A letter from Committee Chair Caroline Dinenage to ITV CEO Carolyn McCall said “a large number of individuals” have been in touch since ITV bosses were questioned by MPs in June.

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The letter said employees “speak with pride” about working at ITV and are “hugely positive”, but “they also raise claims of toxic working cultures, bullying, discrimination, and harassment”.

The move comes after Holly Willoughby made a return to the show after taking an extended break.

Holly said she was thrilled to be back as she co-hosted This Morning with Alison Hammond.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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