Helen Skelton replaces Laura Whitmore on Radio 5 Live

Helen Skelton has been confirmed as the new host of Radio 5 Live on Sunday morning, after current presenter Laura Whitmore announced her departure earlier this week.

kelton, 39, began her career presenting on Blue Peter in 2008, before going on to present BBC One’s Countryfile, a role she has held since 2014.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Irish presenter Whitmore, 37, would be leaving her eponymous Sunday morning show after four years.

BBC Radio 5 Live controller Heidi Dawson said: “Laura has made the difficult decision to leave her weekend show after four years of huge success.

“We want to thank her for the energy, insight and humor she brought to this show and look forward to working with her again in the near future.”

Skelton will take the position 10am-12pm to present a “new look” Sunday show.

Talking about the new show, she said: “I am really grateful to be a part of the 5 Live family on a regular basis.

“I have worked with the station for many years, and I look forward to celebrating and showcasing some of the stories and events that the top 5 Live covers group.

“I’m really excited to get started!”

The program will reportedly combine discussion of sports and current affairs, which will build into the station’s live afternoon football commentary program.

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Skelton will regularly chat with notable sports figures, while the show will also aim to highlight some of the smaller, less publicized sportswear over the weekend.

Skelton previously hosted a Sunday afternoon moment online during the Covid-19 lockdown, where she spoke to celebrity guests about daily life and staying healthy as well as Busy during the pandemic.

Whitmore also now presents ITV2’s hit dating show Love Island, and its spin-off series Aftersun, a role she has taken on since 2020 following the death of former host Caroline Flack.

Skelton’s new show will be broadcast live from Leeds as part of the BBC’s plan to expand its journalism and creative operations across the UK.

The show is scheduled to premiere on BBC Radio 5 Live on 14 August at 10am and will air weekly.

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