Sian Williams joins Sunday Morning Live

Sian Williams Sunday Morning Live will come from NBH with Sian Williams as the host

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Sian Williams will join Sunday Morning Live as its new presenter when it returns to BBC One later this month.

The former host of BBC Breakfast will chair discussions about topical religious and ethical issues with a changing panel of guests.

The journalist - who has worked across major news events such as Margaret Thatcher's funeral, the 2012 Olympics and the Royal Wedding - will also conduct single interviews.

Williams says: 'It'll be exciting, stimulating and great fun to host Sunday Morning Live, talking to key people across Britain about the big issues of the week. I can't wait to be part of the team.'

Produced by BBC Northern Ireland, the new, 19-part series of Sunday Morning Live is also to move its studio from Belfast to New Broadcasting House in London.

It will share the high-tech studio used on weekdays by The One Show, but the show's production base will remain in Belfast.

For the first time, the show will include regular live outside broadcasts, talking to and hearing from people around the UK, giving the studio panel and viewers at home an insight into the national mood on key stories.

The programme has previously been presented by Samira Ahmed and Susanna Reid and has debated topics including trusting the press, prisoner voting rights and the relevance of godparents.

Aaqil Ahmed, head of Religion and Ethics, says: 'Sunday mornings are important moments to analyse and reflect on topical events across all our religious output on the BBC, and I'm really excited about the changes we've made for the new run of Sunday Morning Live.

'I can't wait to see the new elements we have planned and it's fantastic to continue our long line of top-class presenting talent by welcoming Sian to the hot seat.'

  • Sunday Morning Live, June 22, BBC One, 10am

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