Why are GMB and Lorraine not on today and when will they be back? Everything we know about the schedule change

ITV's usual schedule has been changed to make room for the FIFA Women's World Cup

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ITV viewers want to know the reasons why GMB and Lorraine are not on today, and when they will return to screens.

The ITV schedule has seen changes made in recent days, as the broadcaster cancels and reschedules some of its flagship shows to make way for coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup. With the tournament kicking off in Australia and New Zealand on July 20, the time difference means that matches are being broadcast in the UK overnight and in the early morning, affecting the usual daytime TV schedule.

It's not the first time viewers have been asking questions about TV absences. Earlier in July, BBC viewers wanted to know why Jon Kay wasn't on BBC Breakfast, while Holly Willoughby has been absent from This Morning for the last couple of weeks and in fact This Morning wasn't on at all when some football matches were on. It's likely that schedules will be up in the air for some time yet, so here's everything we know about why GMB and Lorraine have been cancelled, and when they'll next be on TV.

Why are GMB and Lorraine not on today?

Good Morning Britain and Lorraine are not on at their usual times to make way for FIFA Women's World Cup coverage, which both ITV and BBC are broadcasting. The schedule shake-up means Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women are all facing schedule changes.

ITV is showing live coverage of the women's football matches over the next few weeks as the tournament gets underway in Australia and New Zealand, and instead of Good Morning Britain airing at the usual time of 6am-9am on Monday 31 July and 1 August, the show was cut short and finished at 7.30am, while Lorraine was cancelled completely. 

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BBC morning viewing has also been affected as the matches take priority, with Morning Live, which is filmed in Salford, Manchester, missing from the TV schedule on Thursday 20 July - the first day of the tournament.

Some TV viewers were upset by the scheduling changes, with one user taking to Twitter to write, "I love football, I hope the Lionesses win it all, but taking off GMB while it's on is a strange decision. Move the footy to ITV 2,3 or 4 seems a better compromise."

Another said, "Not right! Football could have been on ITV2 and we could have had our GMB. Viewers will tune away."

When will GMB and Lorraine be back on TV?

Good Morning Britain and Lorraine will not return to their usual spots until Thursday 3 August. However, the following week’s schedule has not yet been published, and it’s likely that GMB, Lorraine and other daytime shows will be disrupted until the football tournament is over.

How to watch GMB and Lorraine

GMB and Lorraine both air on ITV1. GMB is normally broadcast from 6am to 9am every Monday to Friday, with talk show Lorraine following on from 9am to 10am. You can also catch up on episodes of both shows on ITVX.

GMB is regularly hosted by Susanna Reid, Richard Madeley, Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, while Lorraine is hosted by Lorraine Kelly - or Christine Lampard and Ranvir Singh in her absence.

If you want to know more about the Women's World Cup, we've answered your questions about who the Lionesses are and why they aren't wearing white shorts. Plus, here's the real reason why Sweet Caroline is sung at football matches

Ellie Hutchings
Family News Editor

Ellie is GoodtoKnow’s Family News Editor and covers all the latest trends in the parenting world - from relationship advice and baby names to wellbeing and self-care ideas for busy mums. Ellie is also an NCTJ-qualified journalist and has a distinction in MA Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University and a first-class degree in Journalism from Cardiff University. Previously, Ellie has worked with BBC Good Food, The Big Issue, and the Nottingham Post, as well as freelancing as an arts and entertainment writer alongside her studies. When she’s not got her nose in a book, you’ll probably find Ellie jogging around her local park, indulging in an insta-worthy restaurant, or watching Netflix’s newest true crime documentary.