It has been confirmed that Graham Norton is to be Jonathan Ross’s replacement on BBC Radio 2.

The 'Over The Rainbow' host will take over the Saturday morning slot in October following the departure of Ross in July. Ross is leaving the BBC after deciding not to renew his contract.

Norton had been tipped as a replacement and is already standing in on Radio 2 while breakfast host Chris Evans is on holiday.

Norton's new show - which begins on October 2 - will feature live musical performances and celebrity guests. Interim presenters are still be finalised.

Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: "Graham is one of the nation's favourite entertainment presenters and I'm hugely excited to welcome him to his new permanent home on Radio 2."

Norton said: "I'm thrilled to be a part of it. My liver is also delighted that I'll now have an excuse to leave the pub early on a Friday night."