Steph McGovern defiantly insists her Packed Lunch show will not be axed despite recording zero viewers

STEPH McGovern has insisted her Packed Lunch show will not be axed despite recording zero viewers. 

The journalist, 38, confirmed her new daytime show on Channel 4 will not be closing after a fan questioned whether or not it will be closing. 

Steph returned to screens in September with her new show following a successful stint presenting The Steph Show on Channel 4. 

Reports the show was to close came after Barb viewing figures revealed that at 12.56pm on one September day not a single viewer tuned in, according to The Mirror. 

One fan keen to know the truth took to Twitter to ask Steph herself about the rumours, writing: “Is your show closing?", to which the TV presenter replied with a stern: "Nope".   

Channel 4 also hit back against reports of the zero ratings, with a spokesperson saying: “On Tuesday Steph's Packed Lunch attracted an average audience of 87,000 viewers from 12.30pm – 2.10pm and drew 204,000 at its peak.”


The channel went on giving their backing to the programme and its presenter, saying: "Steph has brought a blast of energy to our daytime lineup and we're delighted with the live shows the team has produced."

Packed Lunch is on every day and is competing against well established shows such as Loose Women on ITV. 

The chat show has had a series of big-name guests, such as Vogue Williams, Oti Mabuse and most recently Chris Kamara.

The former footballer moved Steph to tears as he opened up on his battle against racism, discussing his experience of growing up in Middlesbrough to mark the start of Black History Month.


Chris' words later brought Steph to tears, forcing the show to cut to a break.

Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, Kammy, 62, said: "Growing up in Middlesbrough for me and my family was so hard. People talk about how difficult it is these days.

"They just don’t realise, when you’re the only Black family on your estate, the only Black people in your town and Middlesbrough is a big town, how devastating that effect that had on my dad.

"It did on our future as well, he was trying to protect us as much as possible, but it was really difficult for him and people of his ilk."

As the audience applauded Kammy, the Channel 4 host broke down in tears.

She went on: "I get a bit emotional listening to you Kammy, you’re from my hometown."

The former Portsmouth player added: "Don’t make me start crying!"

The presenter was then forced to hand over to comedian Russell Kane, who suggested it was time for an ad break.

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