Why is This Morning not on today and when will it be back? Everything we know about the schedule change

The flagship show has seen its schedule changed for the rest of the week

This Morning presenters Dermot O'Leary (left) and Alsion Hammond (right) in the studio
(Image credit: ITV)

ITV viewers want to know why This Morning isn't on at its normal time this week and when it will be back.

This Morning has seen its schedule shake-up recently, as the flagship ITV show is replaced by the FIFA Women's World Cup. Taking place in Australia and New Zealand, the fixtures of the tournament mean that matches are broadcast over night and in the morning here in the UK, causing changes to the usual daytime TV schedule. 

Much like viewers have been wondering why GMB and Lorraine are not on as normal at the moment, This Morning is another TV show that has been affected by the changes. And it's not the first time viewers have been asking questions about TV absences, as Holly Willoughby has been missing from This Morning for the last couple of weeks, while elsewhere people have been asking why Jon Kay isn't on BBC Breakfast. Here's everything we know about the schedule changes and how you can watch This Morning this week...

Why is This Morning not on today?

This Morning has been taken off air to make way for coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup, which kicked off on Thursday 20 July. The tournament is being broadcast by ITV after the channel secured a joint deal with BBC, meaning all 64 matches will be broadcast live in the UK.

On Monday 31 July, This Morning aired at the slightly later time of 10.15, as the Japan v Sapin games kicked off at 8am, while on Tuesday 1 August This Morning was taken off air completely, to make way for Portugal v USA, which also kicked off at 8am and was followed by China v England at 12pm.

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It means that for the next few weeks, ITV's normal daytime schedule will be switched up and popular programmes such as This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and Loose Women are all set to be affected.

And it's not just ITV who have seen schedules changed in the wake of the tournament, as BBC Morning Live was also missing from the TV guide in previous weeks. On Wednesday 19 July - the day before the tournament started - presenter Gethin Jones told viewers at home: "Just so you know, we did a bit extra today because we are off-air tomorrow, of course."

When will This Morning  be back on TV?

This Morning will be back on ITV as normal on Thursday 3 August. However, the following week’s schedule has not yet been published, and it’s likely that This Morning and other ITV daytime shows will be disrupted until the football tournament is over.

How to watch This Morning

This Morning is broadcast on ITV1, and normally airs every Monday to Friday from 10am until 12.30pm. You can also catch up on previous episodes or watch the show live on ITVX.

Holly Willoughby usually presents the show from Mondays to Thursdays, with Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond hosting on Fridays. However, with Holly currently on holiday, Dermot and Alison have been standing in all week. 

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.