Remembering Keith Chegwin

He was generous - generous with his time, with his energy and with his wonderful warmth and embracing life

– Timmy Mallet

The entertainment world has been paying tribute to TV presenter Keith Chegwin who sadly died at the age of 60 yesterday.

He had a career spanning five decades, first becoming well-known for the children’s game show Cheggers Plays Pop in the mid-seventies.

Many of you will fondly remember him for surprising people on the doorstep for GMTV and making us all smile.

The man offering to pay $10,000 to find his soulmate

Joe Cohen is so keen to find his ideal woman he's willing to pay $10,000 to anyone who introduces him to her - but it will be no easy task, what with the extensive list of criteria he's set.

Joe says his perfect match needs to be intelligent, attractive, aged 20-30, under 5'9, kind, honest and calm ... the list goes on! But does such a perfect person really exist?

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Extremely cold temperatures are continuing to affect parts of the country with severe frost, ice and some freezing fog patches. The recent hazardous conditions has seen hundreds of schools close, thousands left without power and several flights delayed. The Met Office warnings for ice has been extended until 11am this morning.

  2. Tributes have come flooding in for the much-loved presenter Keith Chegwin, who died at the age of 60 at his home on Monday morning. His wife and co-star Maggie Philbin, hailed Keith as a “one-off” and other former work colleagues and fans including Ricky Gervais, Chris Evans, Frank Bruno and many more paid their respects to the former TV presenter.

  3. Damian Green will “keep his job” after the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations, according to ITV’s Political Editor Robert Peston’s sources. The First Secretary Damian Green was alleged to have porn on his House of Commons computer and accused of behaving inappropriately with journalist Kate Maltby. Authoritative sources said “Damian won’t have to resign” and confirmation of Mr Green’s stay “is expected on Wednesday”.

  4. Five people have been arrested in connection to a fire in a house in Greater Manchester which lead to the death three children. A woman and three men are being held on suspicion of murder, and a fifth man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

  5. An ITV News investigation reveals hundreds of 'serious' defects in school buses and even some without MOTs. The shocking investigation found almost one in five school buses had defects, and the number is increasing year on year. Read the full investigation here.

'I know nothing but here': Boxing champ who represented England faces deportation

You're sending a dead man walking into a country he doesn't know about

– Aamir Ali, Kelvin's coach and manager

Bilal 'Kelvin' Fawaz is an elite boxer who has represented England six times - but he's currently facing deportation to Nigeria after living in the UK since he was 14.

Brought here illegally by an 'uncle' with the promise of a better life, he says he was treated "like a slave" before he ran away from the home he was living in and taken into care.

Despite going through an early turbulent period, he discovered boxing and became a UK champion. But on 29 November he was arrested and the 29-year-old now faces deportation to Nigeria, where he has no family, friends or status.

Celeb charity appeals branded 'poverty porn'

Is it right for celebrities to front charity ad campaigns or is it distasteful and completely out of touch with reality?

A charity watchdog has slammed some charity video appeals as ‘poverty porn’. They singled out one Comic Relief video featuring pop star Ed Sheeran who met a street boy in Liberia and offered to pay for his housing.

Does the charity watchdog have a point or do celebrities genuinely help to raise the profile of people who need help the most?

To discuss this debate with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, we were joined by journalist Afua Hirsch, who said that ad campaigns remove all dignity form those who are suffering.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Drivers have been told to expect a widespread of slippery and “icy conditions” with some “tricky conditions” on the roads and pavements. The Met Office warning comes after heavy snowfall hit large parts of the UK over the weekend, causing widespread disruption across many roads, railways and runways.

  2. NHS Trust chairman Lord Kerslake has quit in protest over funding issues. The House of Lords peer announced he was stepping down as chairman of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London on Sunday through a Twitter post. He tweeted: “Today I have resigned as Chairman of @KingsCollegeNHS. I do not do this lightly as I love King's but believe the Govt & regulator are unrealistic about the scale of the challenge facing the NHS & the Trust. I want to pay tribute to the staff & their excellent patient care.”

  3. The new court case of imprisoned Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been postponed in the wake of the Boris Johnson’s visit to Iran, her husband has said. Richard Ratcliffe said the court delay is “undoubtedly a good sign” and expects to be updated by the Foreign Office within the next day or two.

  4. Teachers are calling for energy drinks to be banned in UK schools, because it contains high amounts in caffeine and sugar which can cause headaches and palpitations. With two-thirds of young people regularly consuming energy drinks the teachers union, NASUWT, said they can trigger bad behaviour in classrooms.

  5. A charity watchdog has severely criticised celebrities who front charity appeals. They singled out one video featuring Ed Sheeran who meets a street boy in Liberia and offers to pay for his housing. The charity watchdog said: "This video is about Ed Sheeran...it's literally poverty tourism...what an irresponsible thing to do." Do they have a point or do celebrities genuinely help to raise the profile of people in need? We’ll be discussing this topic more during today’s show.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. The Palestinian health ministry has announced that a man has been killed and dozens more wounded in clashes between Israeli forces and protesters in the West Bank. Mohammed Al-Masri, 30, died after being struck by live fire east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, the ministry said. More than 35 Palestinians were injured, two seriously, it added.

  2. Sports Direct and Primark have been publicly named by the Government for failing to pay the minimum wage. On a list of 260 companies, Primark appeared third after it deducted money from shop staff for uniforms, which meant they earned less than the minimum wage. Meanwhile, Sports Direct has had to hand back £167,036 to 383 workers.

  3. A British jihadi whose group had links to the Manchester Arena bomber has been jailed for 10 years. Mohammed Abdallah travelled to Syria with help from his brother Abdalraouf, who had set up communication for would-be fighters from his home in Manchester.

  4. A 26-year-old gamer from Aldershot has been named the highest earning YouTuber of 2017, making £12.3 million this year, according to Forbes magazine. Dan Middleton, known as DanTDM on YouTube, has got more than 16 million subscribers and his videos have had more than 10.7 billion views.

  5. Marks and Spencer is the first supermarket to sell a stoneless avocado, which is hoped to reduce the number of avocado slicing-related injuries. These avocados, which originate from Spain, are approximately five-to-eight centimetres long with edible skin - and are the result of unpollinated avocado blossom.

Is it ever too early to tuck into festive treats?

I don’t want to eat mince pies on the 1st December - or even before that!

– Liat Hughes Joshi

Sausage rolls, chocolates and mince pies - are you drooling yet?

Now we all like to indulge at Christmas, but should we wait for the Christmas holidays before reaching for our favourite festive treats?

Well, our resident chocolate hoarder Kate Garraway clearly didn’t seem to think so, as she tucked into her favourite goodies on the Good Morning Britain desk this morning.