Countryfile star Matt Baker 'to be officially ­unveiled as One Show host'

Matt Baker

Former Blue Peter presenter and Countryfile star Matt Baker will be officially ­unveiled as the new host of The One Show next week, according to tabloid reports. The current Strictly Come Dancing contestant was tipped to take over the job after Jason Manford resigned from the programme earlier this month over personal issues.

According to The People, Matt Baker will be leaving his role in Countryfile to present the Monday-Thursday episodes of The One Show alongside Alex Jones, leaving Chris Evans continuing to present the Friday edition. The move means that Matt won't be a part of the Strictly Come Dancing live tour next year.

A BBC Source said: “Matt’s been a big hit with the viewers. He deserved the big break.”

Baker is thought to have beaten competition from Chris Hollins and Matt Allwright to the position.

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