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Wednesday, 30 January, 2002, 09:11 GMT
Cat Deeley to leave SM:tv
Cat Deeley
Deeley received a Bafta award for her work on SM:tv
Award-winning TV presenter Cat Deeley is to leave ITV1's Saturday morning children's show SM:tv.

Deeley, who says she has been offered "exciting projects", is leaving soon after the departure of her former co-presenters Ant and Dec.

An ITV spokeswoman said: "Cat will be finishing SM:tv in the next couple of months but will carry on doing cd:uk."

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly
Ant and Dec left SM:tv in December
The pop show cd:uk is immediately after SM:tv on Saturday mornings.

Deeley, 25, made the decision to leave just weeks after her co-hosts left the programme, and is now considering the next stage in her TV career.

The presenter is looking at projects including a holiday programme, a primetime entertainment show and a starring role in a major drama, according to the Sun.

'New projects'

Deeley told the paper: "I have been offered exciting projects, and I was torn between these and leaving the show I love.

"By continuing with cd:uk, I can still be a part of the great team and concentrate on new projects as well."

In December Deeley beat her former co-presenters Ant and Dec to win Best Presenter at the Children's Bafta awards.

Deeley has been working with James Redmond, Tess Daly and Big Brother winner Brian Dowling since Ant and Dec left SM:tv in December.

Ratings

At first, ITV1 bosses feared the loss of Ant and Dec would hit audiences for SM:tv.

But January TV ratings showed that the new line-up was still pulling an audience well ahead of that for BBC One's The Saturday Show.

SM:tv Live had an average audience of 1.5 million, compared to the 800,000 watching Dani Behr and Joe Mace on BBC One.

Ant and Dec have since presented their own Saturday evening show and hosted ITV1's Pop Idol.

See also:

03 Dec 01 | TV and Radio
Cat takes Bafta TV cream
03 Dec 01 | TV and Radio
Ant and Dec finish on high
01 Dec 01 | Reviews
Ant and Dec: Your views
01 Dec 01 | TV and Radio
Ant and Dec's tearful finale
23 Aug 01 | TV and Radio
Behr challenges Ant and Dec
12 Nov 00 | Entertainment
Children's favourites honoured
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