Steph McGovern attends the TV Choice Awards in London’s Mayfair on September 9
Broadcaster Steph McGovern has given birth to a baby girl, admitting today that she is now ‘getting used to the eau de sick/poo I am now regularly wearing’.
The 37-year-old, who has been on maternity leave from the BBC but is moving from Breakfast to Channel 4 next spring, gave birth on Monday morning.
The business journalist from Middlesbrough, who also hosts the BBC’s Watchdog, had the baby with her girlfriend, who is a television executive.
McGovern told her 383,000 followers on Twitter this afternoon: ‘Well, hello world, just surfaced to let you know that we now have a daughter!
‘Born on Monday morning just as BBC Breakfast was wrapping up. We’re all fine and dandy. Just getting used to the eau de sick/poo I am now regularly wearing.’
In January 2018, fans congratulated her after spotting what they thought were signs of a baby bump – but she replied: ‘I am not with child, I am with pot belly.’
Then in July this year, she revealed she really was pregnant with her first baby, saying the ‘news is out’ and was ‘now with child’ and ‘no longer with pot belly’.
An insider said at the time that she ‘suffered really badly with morning sickness in the early days, before anybody knew’ and was once sick just seconds before going on air to present Breakfast.
McGovern presents BBC Breakfast with Dan Walker, but has recently been on maternity leave
In January 2018, she joked: ‘For those who are congratulating me on my ‘pregnancy’. I am not ‘with child’, I am ‘with pot belly’.’
Admitting that she wasn’t offended by the comments at the time, Miss McGovern said her own aunt had even questioned whether she was expecting.
‘I wanted to clarify I wasn’t and get in there before my boss started arranging my maternity cover!’ she added.
Next spring, McGovern will begin fronting The Steph Show, a daily lifestyle and current affairs programme broadcast live from Leeds.
She will be joined by a different co-host each week for a look at the topics of the day.
McGovern told her 383,000 followers on Twitter this afternoon that she had given birth
Speaking about the new role in September, she said: ‘This is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to get started next year. Just a small matter of having a baby first!’
Also in September, McGovern was forced to apologise after aiming a jibe at Boris Johnson while she hosted an event at which he was speaking.
Taking to the stage after the Prime Minister finished his speech, Steph McGovern told him: ‘Let’s see who’s in [their] job for longest.’
Miss McGovern was hosting a meeting of 1,000 senior business leaders and politicians in Rotherham while on maternity leave from BBC Breakfast.
But her remarks at the Convention Of The North event sparked fury among Tory MPs, including former culture secretary John Whittingdale.
McGovern, who is from Teesside, has previously received complaints about her accent
McGovern has previously attracted scorn for her Teesside lilt, and once brushed off criticism from a viewer who complained she pronounces the word ‘here’ wrong.
McGovern, pictured at the Baftas at the Royal Festival Hall in London in May 2018
The viewer had emailed to say the ‘one word that you mangle’ had bothered him, claiming she pronounced ‘here’ as ‘heyah’ with two syllables instead of one.
McGovern uploaded the email to social media where she joked that the viewer, identified as Trevor, could ‘one syllable’ off.
‘Despite what Trev thinks, how I say the word ‘here’ is all about my accent so he can one syllable off,’ she wrote.
Trevor’s message read: ‘Please don’t get me wrong, I like you and think you do a very good job and I’m not being patronising there.
‘Your accent doesn’t bother me apart from one word that you mangle. ‘Here’. You say ‘heyah’. Sorry, but could you please just say ‘here’ as one syllable. You don’t have to put on a posh accent. Just say the word as it’s meant to be said. Thank you.’
It was not the first time McGovern had received complaints about her accent.
In 2015, she told how she had received a letter that read ‘Dear Ms McGovern, I watched you on BBC Breakfast. I’m sorry about your terrible affliction. Here’s £20 towards correction therapy’.
She said: ‘The affliction they were talking about was my accent.’ McGovern previously claimed she would earn more as a BBC presenter if she did not have a north-east accent.