When does Zoe Ball start presenting the Radio 2 Breakfast Show?

Zoe Ball was yesterday named as the new host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show after Chris Evans announced he is leaving the BBC this December after 13 years at the station.

Zoe 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 underestimating 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."

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Zoe will begin her new role in January and whilst the BBC haven’t yet confirmed her start date, Celebritain has learned the most likely date for debut will be Monday 7 January, 2019.

Chris Evans is also likely to start his new show at Virgin Radio on the same day.

Zoe first joined BBC Radio in October 1997 as the co-host the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with co-presenter Kevin Greening. From October 1998 to March 2000, Zoe hosted the programme solo, the first female to do so. Zoe has been a regular voice on Radio 2 since 2006, presenting various documentaries and providing holiday cover for Chris Evans, Ken Bruce and Dermot O Leary. From June 2009 to January 2012, Zoe presented the Saturday early morning breakfast show, returning permanently to Radio 2 in March 2017 as the host of the Saturday afternoon show (3-6pm).

The host of the new Saturday afternoon show (3-6pm) will be announced in due course.