Helen Skelton has been confirmed as the new host of a BBC Radio 5 Live Sunday morning slot, following current presenter Laura Whitmore's announcement of her departure earlier this week.

Skelton, 39, began her presenting career on Blue Peter in 2008, before going on to present BBC One's Countryfile, a role she has held since 2014.

On Wednesday it was announced that Irish presenter Whitmore, 37, would be leaving her self-titled Sunday morning show after four years.

Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live Heidi Dawson said: "Laura has made the difficult decision to leave her weekend show after a brilliant four years.

Helen Skelton

"We’d like to thank her for the energy, insight and humour she has brought to this programme and look forward to working with her again in the near future."

Skelton will take over the 10am-12pm slot to present a "new-look" Sunday programme.

The show will reportedly combine discussion of sport and current affairs, which will build up to the station’s afternoon live football commentary.

Skelton previously hosted a Sunday afternoon slot on the network during the Covid-19 lockdown on which she spoke to celebrity guests about everyday life and keeping well and occupied during the pandemic.

Whitmore also currently presents ITV2’s hit dating show, Love Island, and its spin-off series Aftersun, a role she has held since 2020 after the death of the show’s former presenter Caroline Flack.