Steph McGovern addresses freedom to voice opinions after leaving BBC Breakfast

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Steph McGovern announced her departure from BBC Breakfast last year, shortly before the birth of her daughter in November. The Channel 4 host is now the face of her own daytime show Steph’s Packed Lunch.

The 38-year-old explained that it’s “nice to not worry” about airing her views and remaining impartial since her move away from the BBC.

Her comments come after the corporation’s new director general Tim Davie shared his plans for a “crackdown” on the broadcaster’s impartiality rules.

He said in a speech earlier this month: “If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC.”

Steph explained that following her move it’s “nice” to have the freedom to express her opinions.

In an interview with and other publications, the Channel 4 host said: “That’s interesting because, like you say, I’m allowed to have other viewpoints.

“But I don’t think I particularly have any outrageous views.”

In regards to her new show, the mum-of-one admitted that she is likely to share the views of her guests and the audience.

“I think that I’ll be saying a lot of what our guests or audience might be saying,” Steph remarked.

“I don’t think there’s anything too controversial in it.”

She chuckled: “It’s nice to not have to worry. For instance, if you mention, ‘I like Jaffa cakes’, not having to say other biscuits or possibly other cakes are available.”

Meanwhile, the Channel 4 presenter expressed her excitement to be fronting her new show, which debuted this week.

But the small-screen star admitted she is concerned by the stunts the public may pull during the live broadcast.


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Steph talked about her new studios saying: “I think it adds a different backdrop. You can very much see Leeds Dock here.

“There’s going to be people walking past throughout.”

She continued: “I mean, if I’m being honest with you, I’ve had a few nightmares about what people might do during live telly and all of that.

“We’re still going to be talking to the nation but it’ll have a northern feel essentially.”

Steph added: “For me, it’s about being inclusive, warm, cheeky, and that’s why I’m glad it’s coming from up here.

“You can sit and have your lunch with us and have a chat about what’s going on but we’re also hopefully going to make you laugh.”

The Channel 4 presenter previously worked on BBC Breakfast as a consumer journalist.

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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