TV personality Nick Owen has hit out at TV bosses who agree to give presenters huge pay packets, just one week before Susanna Reid's 'Good Morning Britain’ debut, for which she is reportedly receiving £1 million a year.
Susanna will be hosting the reboot of ‘Good Morning Britain’, which launches this Monday, alongside Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher.
The show replaces 'Daybreak', which has failed to resonate with viewers since it first aired in 2010.
Susanna Reid during her time on 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Nick - who fronted the predecessor to ‘GMTV’, ‘tv-AM’ - believes the new morning show could suffer a similar fate if viewers feel alienated by Susanna’s huge wage.
In an interview with Radio Times, he said: "I think all these announcements about high salaries alienate viewers. Here's someone on a million pounds - you will enjoy them! Who can relate to a presenter like that?"
However a source has reportedly told MailOnline that Susanna is actually receiving a lower amount.
“ITV are thrilled to have Susanna as part of the new ‘Good Morning Britain’ team but the idea that she is being paid a salary in the region of one million is completely untrue. It is far off this," they said.
Susanna confirmed back in March that she would be leaving her slot hosting ‘BBC Breakfast’.
She spoke of her excitement to work with her new team earlier this week, describing co-host Ben Shephard as a “legend”.