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Rick Edwards replaces Nicky Campbell as BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast co-host

Rick has landed a new job at BBC Radio 5 Live (Picture: BBC)

Rick Edwards has been confirmed as the new co-host of BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, following Nicky Campbell’s departure. 

The former T4 presenter will host the breakfast show alongside Rachel Burden starting from November, and the 42-year-old is well aware he has big boots to fill.

Rick said: ‘When it comes to 5 Live, I’m a long-time listener, first-time breakfast-show-presenter. I’ve always loved the station’s heady mix of news, sport and free-wheeling conversation. 

‘I realise I have some big boots to fill – I checked, and Nicky Campbell’s an eye-watering UK12! – but I’m very excited about popping them on and sitting alongside the brilliant Rachel every morning.’

Rachel, who has presented the weekday breakfast show for 10 years, said: ‘It’s a joy and a privilege to be starting a new chapter on 5 Live Breakfast with Rick. He has a love of sport and curiosity about the world which our 5 Live family will love. 

‘Plus he knows a lot about octopuses, which will surely come in handy at some point.’

Heidi Dawson, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, added: ‘With Rachel and Rick, 5 Live Breakfast will continue to be at the heart of the UK conversation, talking about the stories that matter to our listeners. 

Nicky Campbell is moving to a later slot (Picture: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

‘From breaking news to the biggest sport stories, 5 Live Breakfast will set up listeners for the day ahead, keeping them connected and making them smile.’

Rick already hosts a number of shows on 5 Live, having joined the station in 2019.

He first rose to fame presenting E4 Music, before hosting T4 between 2007 and 2011. 

Rick is also known for presenting the BBC game show Impossible, as well as shows including Yool Academy and Safeword. 

Nicky, 60, announced back in June that he was leaving the breakfast show after 18 and a half years. 

He said: ‘Leaving Breakfast is really tough after so many unforgettable programmes with Rachel and the team, but I’ve been getting up at 4am for 19 years now so it’s time I had a bit more sleep!’

However, he isn’t leaving the station altogether, and will be greeting listeners just a few hours later.

His new standalone show will be based on his Your Call phone-in segment, and will air from 9am to 11am on weekday mornings. 

Previous hosts of the BBC 5 Live Breakfast show include Julian Worricker, Victoria Derbyshire and Shelagh Fogarty. 


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