BBC announces Jason Manford as new co-host of The One Show

The BBC today confirmed that Jason Manford will be joining The One Show team to present BBC One’s popular flagship show alongside Christine Bleakley.

Manford, an award-winning comedian, television and radio presenter will join the team in July when he will co-host the show with Christine from Monday to Thursday.

Lancashire-born Jason, 29, who is renowned for his cheeky observational humour and friendly approach, says: “I am thrilled to be part of The One Show team. My Dad put £10 at 500/1 that I’d get the job so it just made sense.”

Controller of BBC One Jay Hunt says: “Jason looked instantly at home on The One Show sofa. His intelligence and humour strike just the right tone for the programme and he is an exciting addition to the team.”

Like his fellow presenter Chris Evans, Jason has also presented on BBC Radio 2. Last year, he fronted Jason Manford And Friends, a two-part series showcasing the cream of the comedy acts from the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe.

The One Show Editor Sandy Smith is thrilled to have Jason on board and adds: “Jason’s strength is his likeability, his natural warmth and his quick wit. He’s intelligent and curious about the sort of subjects discussed every day on The One Show and is equally at home with the light-hearted and the serious issues.”

Christine and Jason will present the show every Monday to Thursday, with Chris Evans joining Christine every Friday night.

The hugely successful show – which regularly attracts audiences over 5 million viewers – will continue to offer the regular mix of news, current affairs and entertainment alongside some new features and guest slots that will be revealed in the coming weeks.


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