UK Media Fight Over Nigeria’s Ore Oduba After Winning ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

Strictly Come Dancing champion, Ore Oduba, has sparked a £500,000 bidding war between the BBC and ITV.

Worried bosses are set for crunch talks with the BBC Breakfast sports reporter who upset the odds with his victory on Saturday night in a bid to stop him defecting.

According to Mirror UK, BBC chiefs are worried that the journalist could move to a rival media house – ITV – following his big winning at Strictly Come Dancing.

Recall that the 30-year-old BBC Sports broadcaster and his dancing partner Joanne Clifton won the hearts of viewers and the judges, beating singer Louise Redknapp and actor Danny Mac. Now, with him in the spotlight, TV bosses reportedly are locked in a £500,000 bidding war over the champ.


A similar scenario occurred in 2013 when Susanna Reid emerged a runner up at the competition and quickly got employed with Good Morning Britain. To possibly avoid a repetition of such, Mirror UK suggests that Oduba, who had previously stood in for Phillip Schofield on ITV’s The Morning, stands a chance of presenting BBC’s Friday show, The One Show, if he stays. Plus the media house’s controller Charlotte Moore was spotted chatting with him after his win over the weekend.

It’s clear Ore’s a rising star and he’s now a household name because of Strictly,” a source told Mirror UK. “He was given his One Show presenting debut during Strictly in a really tricky episode where he had to interview Sir Cliff Richard, but passed the test with flying colours.

“There’s a sense of urgency to get him presenting some other programmes and have him based in London now after his sport on (ITV’s) This Morning,” the source concluded.

Hopefully, this is his opportunity to shine further.

Ore Oduba was born in the UK to a ‘high-powered’ Nigerian lawyer and he spent his childhood shuttling between Nigeria and the UK. At 23, Oduba became the youngest presenter on children’s channel BBC Newsround, before climbing the ladder to become a sports broadcaster.


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