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Lara to join GMTV sofa.

Byline: ALUN PALMER

GMTV's Lara Logan has been promoted to a place on the show's sofa after a massive bidding war, it was revealed yesterday.

Sky News and US network CBS both offered the glamorous 30-year-old six figure salaries to tempt her away from the breakfast station after a series of impressive reports from Afghanistan.

But GMTV stepped in and gave her a pay rise to pounds 159,000, and promotion to stand-in host when News Hour presenters Penny Smith and Kate Garraway are on holiday.

Lara stressed last night that she would not abandon reporting adding: "It's a great opportunity to broaden my experience, but my heart is in the field.

"I think the war on terrorism is far from over and I'll always want to be where the big story is. But I'm looking forward to filling in on the GMTV sofa."

Lara's despatches from the front-line during the war in Afghanistan won her universal praise. She spent two months with Northern Alliance troops as they fought the Taliban.

A GMTV insider said: "Lara is first and foremost a front-line reporter. However, this will give her a chance to try something new occasionally."
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Date:Jan 23, 2002
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