Former Coronation Street star Kym Marsh and ex-Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones are set to host a new BBC morning show, which will rival Lorraine Kelly's morning TV slot.

The new show will also feature Tallaght-born and award-winning chef Anna Haugh, who is Head Chef and owner of the Myrtle Restaurant in Chelsea, London. 

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Morning Live will launch next month after BBC Breakfast and air up until Christmas on BBC One. It will kick off at 9.15am, going up against ITV's Lorraine.

The programme will be a "lively and entertaining mix of topical content and expert advice," the BBC said.

Speaking about her new role, Marsh who has been co-presenting on The One Show, said: "I've always enjoyed morning TV, it's a great way to start the day - with a cuppa in hand of course.

"I love nothing more than a good catch-up, although this will be on a slightly different scale, more of a daily conversation with our lovely viewers," she said.

"I think variety is key so I'm really excited to work with Gethin and our fantastic guest presenters to bring the latest in lifestyle, health and consumer concerns."

Jones said he is "looking forward" to working with Marsh and "to bring viewers across the UK a much-needed boost and of course the important information they need."

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