BBC Morning Live in huge cast shake-up as new main host gushes Im so excited

Morning Live will kick off 2024 with new extended episodes and presenting line-up, the BBC has been confirmed.

The shows running time has been changed from 45 minutes to 75 minutes and will air from 9:30 to 10:45 every weekday from January 2. Helen Skelton and Michelle Ackerley will become permanent presenters on the show, alternating alongside Gethin Jones every Monday to Wednesday.

Gethin will present four to five shows a week, Kym Marsh will present on Thursdays and a host of brilliant guest presenters including Sara Cox, Kimberley Walsh, Gaby Roslin and Rav Wilding will continue to co-host regularly too. It will continue to feature its unrivalled team of experts who bring together a wealth of experience from across some of BBC’s most trusted shows, all under one roof.

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Spekaing about the news, Helen Skelton said: "I am so excited to become a more regular member of the Morning Live family, and be in such good company! It’s really nice to be part of a programme giving so many people a voice. Everything we talk about on the show is what my friends and family are texting me about, we’re right at the heart of what matters to people right now.

"We’re not just highlighting problems though, we’re finding solutions and I love that we’re able to help in some small way. It’s stuff you need to know but also stuff that’s nice to know, and even when I’m not hosting, I’m sat at home with a cuppa taking it all in. I can’t wait for January!"

Michelle Ackerley added: "I am delighted to join Helen as part of the regular Morning Live line-up. I have absolutely loved being a part of the show so far, which we know can make a real difference to people’s lives. I’m looking forward to keeping our audiences company in the mornings and doing that alongside friends.

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"I’ve known Geth and Helen for a long time now and believe or not, Helen and I used to flat share back in the day! To do this all in my home town of Manchester is a dream."

Host Gethin Jones said: "I absolutely love working with Helen and Michelle and I’m thrilled they’re going to be a more regular part of the fantastic team at Morning Live. We have all been friends for years, so I know there are going to be plenty of laughs in store for our audiences to see, especially now we will be on your screen for longer, too!"

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Emma Morris, Morning Live Executive Editor, BBC Studios says: "Helen and Michelle have been a huge hit with audiences as guest co-hosts since September and are both a joy to work with, so we are thrilled they will now become a permanent part of the team, alongside Gethin. They both bring a wealth of live presenting experience with them and continue our Morning Live trend for northern, female, power houses.

"We are so excited to be bringing audiences an additional 30 minutes of topical, relevant and entertaining content each day, too. With a cost of living crisis, a scam epidemic and so much fake news and misinformation shared online, Morning Live has become the go to place for impartial advice audiences can trust."

Morning Live airs weekdays on BBC One

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