Zoe Ball confirmed to replace Chris Evans as new Radio 2 Breakfast show host

Zoe Ball has been named the first female host of the Radio 2 Breakfast show, describing the position as "both an honour and privilege".

Zoe Ball
Zoe Ball

The 47-year-old will replace Chris Evans, 52, on the UK's most listened-to radio programme.

She said she was not "under-estimating the enormity of the task ahead".

The Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two host said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be following in the giant footsteps of Chris Evans as the host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

"To be the first woman to present this very special show is both an honour and privilege.

"Believe me, I'm not under-estimating the enormity of the task ahead, to follow not one but two of my broadcasting idols into such a well-loved show is somewhat daunting.

"But I hope, in the same way that Chris made this show his own after taking over from the wonderful Sir Terry Wogan, that, with a top team alongside me, I can bring the fabulous Radio 2 audience a show they want to wake up to."

Bob Shennan, director of BBC Radio and Music, said: "The Radio 2 Breakfast Show is arguably the most coveted job in UK radio with a long and illustrious history, and I'm thrilled that the baton is now passing to Zoe, who I know will make the show her very own."

Ball, the first solo female Radio 1 breakfast show host, was favourite to take over the high-profile role on Radio 2.


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She was at the forefront of the "ladette culture" that swept through broadcasting because of her hard-drinking party lifestyle.

She recently made a programme for Sport Relief following the loss of her partner, Billy Yates, who was found dead at his home at the age of 40.

Ball hosts a live Saturday afternoon show on Radio 2 and has stepped in for Evans on the breakfast show.

BBC boss Lord Hall recently said the disclosure of Evans' pay packet, of at least £1.6 million, was one factor behind his decision to quit Radio 2.


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He is moving to Virgin Radio, "my spiritual home", almost 20 years after he left the station.

Evans previously played a trailer for a Fatboy Slim documentary on Radio 2, airing on Wednesday night, and said: "This family is taking over - more of that later."

He told listeners: "Don't think you're going to be disappointed."

Ball was previously married to DJ and record producer Fatboy Slim, whose real name is Norman Cook.


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Evans took over from Sir Terry Wogan as presenter of the show in January 2010.

Sara Cox will continue to cover the Radio 2 Breakfast Show for 10 weeks each year, while Ball is away.