Penny Smith exits GMTV and special correspondent role for Stapleton

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Penny Smith has been “axed” from GMTV and fellow news anchor John Stapleton is to take on a special correspondent role – the Daily Mail reports.

It follows news that GMTV political editor Goria De Piero has left to embark on a political career and is in the running for selection to a safe Labour seat at the next general election.

The Mail reports that broadcasting veteran Smith, 51, who was with Sky News at its launch in 1989, is now set to present a series about poetry on Radio 2.

In January, the Daily Mirror reported that GMTV could cut between 50 and 100 editorial staff by merging with the ITN newsroom.

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