Loose Women and Lorraine to halt live broadcasting

Lorraine and Loose Women will stop broadcasting live from Monday, ITV has announced.

This follows an earlier announcement by the broadcaster that filming on its soaps – Coronation Street and Emmerdale – will also be suspended from Monday due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Duchess of Cornwall with some of the Loose Women team Coleen Nolan (left), Ruth Langsford (second left), and (second right) Lorraine Kelly during a visit to the ITV studios to mark the broadcaster's 60th anniversary, she toured the newly refurbished ITV riverside studios at Waterloo, London, meeting presenters and staff from This Morning, Good Morning Britain and Loose Women.
(left to right) Stacey Solomon, Saira Khan, Nadia Sawalha, Jane Moore and Coleen Nolan attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
(left to right) Stacey Solomon, Saira Khan, Nadia Sawalha, Jane Moore and Coleen Nolan attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
Smooth presenter Kate Garraway performs the audience warm-up for Loose Women, at Television Centre in west London, as part of her 24-hour Job Hop, raising money for Smooth’s charity, Global’s Make Some Noise.
Loose Women's (left-right) Christine Lampard, Andrea McLean, Stacey Solomon, Gloria Hunniford, Penny Lancaster, Denise van Outen, Nadia Sawalha, Linda Robson, Saira Khan and Kaye Adams attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.
(left to right) Nadia Sawalha, Coleen Nolan, Saira Khan and Kaye Adams of Loose Women attending the Pride of Britain Awards 2017 held at Grosvenor House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Jane Moore, Andrea McLean, Penny Lancaster, Coleen Nolan, Saira Khan and Linda Robson attending the TV Choice Awards 2017 held at The Dorchester Hotel, London.
The cast of Loose Women arriving at the National Television Awards 2017, held at The O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: 25th January, 2017. See PA Story SHOWBIZ NTAs. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Katie Price leaving ITV studios in London, after appearing on Loose Women.
Singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field leave after he appeared on ITV's Loose Women show at the London Studios.
Loose Women Nadia Sawalha, Linda Robson and Kaye Adams attending The Pride of Britain Awards 2016, at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Loose Women's Andrea McLean, Penny Lancaster, Kaye Adams, Coleen Nolan, Gloria Hunniford, Sherrie Hewson, Jamelia, Nadia Sawalha, Jane Moore, Linda Robson and Katie Price attending the National Television Awards 2016 at the O2 Arena, London.
Presenter Nadia Sawalha leaves ITV studios in London after Lynda Bellingham's co-stars on Loose Women paid tearful tribute to her on the show only hours after her death was announced.
(Left to Right) Loose Women Coleen Nolan, Kaye Adams, Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha arriving for The Pride of Britain Awards 2014, at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
(left to right) Loose Women presenters Janet Street Porter, Andrea McLean, Lisa Maxwell, Carol McGiffin, Carol Vorderman and Jane McDonald during the 2012 NTA Awards at the O2, Greenwich, London
ITV's Loose Women Denise Welch and Sally Lindsay are taking part in a job swap with Heart FM�s Toby Anstis, in support of ITV's Text Santa. Denise and Sally co-presented Toby�s Heart FM show this morning - and tomorrow, Toby will become one of the Loose Women for the day as he joins the panel of the ITV daytime show.
Loose Women Lisa Maxwell, Andreea McLean, Carol Voderman, Denise Welch and Sally Lindsay arriving for the Pride of Britain awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
(left to right) Andrea McLean, Denise Welch, Zoe Tyler, Coleen Nolan and Kate Thornton of Loose Women arriving for the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Hosts Sir Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton (3rd right) with (left to right) Zoe Tyler, Sherrie Hewson, Andrea McLean, Carol McGiffin and Denise Welch of Loose Women, during the 'BBC Children in Need Appeal 2010', annual fundraiser event at Television Centre, Wood Lane, west London.
Loose Women arriving at The TV Choice Awards, the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Presenters from Loose Women - Carol McGiffin, Lynda Bellingham, Denise Welch, Kate Thornton, Leslie Garrett and Andrea McLean during the National Television Awards 2010, at the 02 Arena, London.
Coleen Nolan and Carol McGiffin (left to right) celebrate winning the award for Best Factual Programme at the National Television Awards 2010, at the 02 Arena, London.
The cast of Loose Women including (left to right) Coleen Nolan, Andrea McClean, Kate Thornton, Zoe Tyler, Lesley Garrett, Lisa Maxwell and Denise Welch arriving for the National Television Awards 2010, at the 02 Arena, London.
Loose Women presenters Sherrie Hewson, Carol McGiffin and Zoe Tyler arrive for the ITV daytime television party in London's Covent Garden. Ms Hewson and Ms Tyler arrived to discover they had chosen to wear the same dress.
Lisa Maxwell, Sherrie Hewson and Kate Thornton at the 10th anniversary party for ITV's Loose Women show at Cafe de Paris in central London.
Jane McDonald, Leslie Garrett and Andrea McLean at the 10th anniversary party for ITV's Loose Women show at Cafe de Paris in central London.
Denise Welch (left) and Jane McDonald arrive for the 10th anniversary party for ITV's Loose Women show at Cafe de Paris in central London.
UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 00:01 TUESDAY 8TH OF SEPTEMBER 2009. Zoe Tyler, Jane McDonald and Andrea McLean (left to right) from Loose Women with the Best Daytime Show award at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Loose Women's Carol McGiffin, Jackie Brambles, Coleen Coleen Nolan, Sherrie Nolan, Denise Welch and Andrea McLean after the opening night of Calendar Girls at the Noel Coward Theatre, London
(From left to right) Coleen Nolan, Sherrie Hewson, Carol McGiffin, Jane McDonald and Denise Welch are seen celebrating with their No1 best selling book Loose Women Girl's Night In, at the London Studios.
Cast of Loose Women (from left to right) Sherrie Hewson, Carol McGiffin, Jackie Brambles, Andrea McLean, Lesley Garrett and Jane McDonald with their award for 'TV Daytime Programme' during the Tric Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, central London.
The presenters of Loose Women with the Best Daytime Show award at the TV Quick and TV Choice awards 2008, at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London.
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Announcing the news about Loose Women and Lorraine, a statement said: "ITV Daytime has taken the decision to stop broadcasting Lorraine and Loose Women live from Monday 23rd March".

"This decision has been made to minimise the number of staff travelling in and out of our studios and working together on shift at any one time.

"We're focusing our efforts on providing to viewers the latest news on the rapidly changing situation which aims to offer some stability and continuity in all our lives whilst so many of us are at home right now. That's why we have taken this tough decision to protect our GMB News programme in the morning and keep This Morning on air for as long as possible".

ITV said that from Monday an extended version of Good Morning Britain will air from 6am until 10am and feature Charlotte Hawkins as co-host until 9am, with Lorraine Kelly joining Piers Morgan for the remainder of the programme.

Kelly will then "hand straight over to the This Morning studio with Phillip (Schofield) and Holly (Willoughby) as usual running from 10am until 12.30pm.

"We will then run some of our most favourite repeat episodes of Loose Women from 12.30pm to 1.30pm to give viewers something to smile about each day at lunchtime".

The broadcaster added that over the last week they had been reducing crew numbers and "these changes will enable us to reduce them further and help us build further resilience with the aim of Daytime content continuing to air for as long as possible".

The statement ended saying: "Safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved with our programmes is our priority and in this dynamically developing situation we will obviously continue to review these new arrangements on a day by day basis and follow at all times the latest PHE and WHO guidelines."

In a tweet, Good Morning Britain host Morgan said his co-presenter, Susanna Reid, who is self-isolating at home after one of her sons developed symptoms of the virus, will join the show via video link.

Announcing the news about Coronation Street and Emmerdale, ITV said its staff had been working hard to ensure filming continued "whilst adhering to the Government's latest health guidelines".

It said enough episodes have been recorded to see both soaps through until the early summer.

The statement said: "ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday March 23.

"We've been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government's latest health guidelines, to ensure we've episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.

"However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming.

"We'd like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months."

A tweet from the official Coronation Street account confirmed it will still be on air next week "as normal, apart from Friday".

From March 30 onwards the show will air three times a week.

Replying to a fan praising the soap for its decision, the official Emmerdale account tweeted: "Thanks for your support. We'll be here on social bringing you the Big Drama from the Small Village in the best ways we can. We're in this together x #Emmerdale."

Earlier this week, the BBC suspended filming of EastEnders and other top BBC dramas including Casualty, Doctors, Holby City, River City and Welsh series Pobol y Cwm.

EastEnders fans will still be able to get their fix of Walford from episodes already filmed, and TV bosses say just two episodes will air each week to make them last as long as possible.

Filming on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks will also be paused and the number of weekly episodes will be reduced from five to three from Monday March 30. These will air from Monday to Wednesday.

Filming on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks has been paused, Lime Pictures has said (PA)

A statement from Lime Pictures, the makers of Hollyoaks, said the decision had been made with a "heavy heart".

It added: "To make sure we stay on air every weeknight, fans can look forward to extra special episodes every Thursday and Friday on E4, as we begin a brand new series of 'Hollyoaks Favourites'.

"Introduced by Kieron Richardson and Jorgie Porter, this series will give viewers a chance to revisit some of our biggest episodes, from weddings, bust-ups, heartbreaks and some of our biggest and best stunts.

"We will start the series with Mercedes' fourth wedding, to Dr Browning."

Richardson is known to fans for playing Ste Hay and Porter for her character Theresa McQueen.

The statement ended saying: "Soaps are an important part of people's lives and we have 25 years of Hollyoaks Favourites to revisit over coming weeks, celebrating the history of the show that you love.

"We will remain as present as ever on our social platforms so please keep in touch with us, stay safe and take care of yourselves. Thank you for your ongoing support."

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