Adrian Chiles spoke of his delight today at his “dream” job hosting the World Cup – then hinted that his former BBC co-host Christine Bleakley could join him at ITV.
He also described how security officials were so concerned about safety in South Africa that they warned him he will not be allowed to go running during his stay.
Speaking at the launch of the channel’s tournament coverage which saw Patrick Vieira, Edgar Davids and Lucas Radebe unveiled as analysts, Chiles said he would “love” to work with Bleakley again.
Chiles announced he was leaving the corporation to present ITV football coverage and GMTV last month, saying he was “disappointed” with changes to the teatime 'One' Show.
When asked today whether his former on-screen partner might join him when he begins his new job on GMTV, Chiles said: “Obviously, there’s no doubt, sooner or later, Christine and I will work together in the future. Whether that’s going to be in September on GMTV or some time in the future in a far off time or place, I don’t know.”
Referring to his own move to ITV, the presenter added: “I have been telling everyone I know that it’s great over here. No disrespect to the BBC, but it isn’t White City. No disrespect to White City, I live very close to there.
“I wouldn’t rule Christine in or out. I’d love to work with her again. If it’s not to be, it’s not to be. I think you kind of know where I stand on it but it’s not the be all or end all.”