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Five to drop Trisha's talk show

Trisha Goddard
Goddard said 85 full and part-time jobs would go after her show ends

TV channel Five has confirmed that talk show host Trisha Goddard's morning show will be dropped later in the year.

The programme will close at the end of its current run, with the channel blaming the current economic climate for the "difficult decision".

Goddard, 51, has been with Five for four years, after making her name in the UK with a similar show on ITV1.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2007 after a lump was found during a routine mammogram.

Goddard said: "I have enjoyed my time at Five but I look forward to exciting new challenges ahead."

She said 85 jobs would be lost at production company Town House TV in Norwich and Maidstone, and that she had broken the news to her production team personally.

"I am particularly sorry for the fantastic crew and contributors who made the show," she added.

"People up and down the country are losing their jobs and their homes in the current recession so I don't feel sorry for myself."

Five chief executive Dawn Airey said Goddard had been "a tremendous asset to Five's daytime schedule".



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