Viewers call for Steph McGovern to get Have I Got News for You job full time

Danny Thompson
Steph McGovern poses in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Have I Got News For You viewers have called for guest presenter Steph McGovern to be given the job permanently - after fans praised her performance after the show aired last night (26 October).

The BBC Breakfast presenter was in fine form as she presented the show wearing a ‘Girly Swot’ jumper, a swipe at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s much derided insult of former PM David Cameron.

One viewer took to Twitter to say: “Just caught up with #HIGNFY, Steph M should have that gig permanently.”

Some praised her handling of the panelists and guests.

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One tweeter said: “Entertaining, chaotic and slightly bizarre #HIGNFY tonight... Well done Steph McGovern for holding it together!”

#HIGNFY much better tonight Steph v good and some good lines from 3 of the panel.”

However, a lot of the online praise fell on McGovern’s attire.

One account said: “Good to see Steph embracing her inner Girly Swot on #HIGNFY - we'll have to get matching sweatshirts!”


When asked about the jumper online, Steph responded: “The Girly Swot jumper is one I came up with, with my mate @jamesmobbs and then we got @balconyshirts to print.

“So we’re gonna work out a way people can buy them and link it to charity somehow. So watch this space. I’ll tweet about it soon.”

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From the sounds of it, the garment will be in some demand.

For those for think McGovern should get the role fulltime, they may have to wait for around nine months to a year, as the star confirmed it will be her last appearance on TV while pregnant, and she is expected to take maternity after the baby arrives.

She tweeted before the show: “Tonight 9pm on BBC One - bump’s final outing on the tellybox. I’m hosting ‘Have I Got News for You’”

The show has been a staple of British television since first being aired in 1990. It has been hosted by a series of guest presenters since Angus Deayton left in 2002.