Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman has said she is "speechless" to be taking over as presenter from the departing Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2 on Saturdays.

The Corkman recently announced that he is leaving BBC Radio 2 after more than a decade for a new weekend show on Virgin Radio in the UK. The BBC announced Winkleman as his replacement on Monday. 

Graham Norton will host a new Virgin Radio weekend show in the New Year

"I'm not often speechless, but the chance to be with the wonderful Radio 2 listeners every Saturday has left me, quite frankly, gobsmacked," she said. 

"I hope my voice comes back in time for the first show as I can no longer simply rely on a fake tan and a fringe. There's nobody I'd rather be with at the weekend, it's a privilege and an honour."

Winkleman has presented a number of shows on BBC Radio 2 since 2008. Norton signs off from BBC Radio 2 on Saturday, 19 December.