Rachel Burden is New Presenter of 5 live Breakfast
Rachel Burden is going to be the new co-presenter of 5 live Breakfast when Shelagh Fogarty moves to the lunchtime slot in May. It's been a big decision to make because Breakfast is such a successful programme and Shelagh has built up a great following in her seven years presenting the show.
We've looked hard to find the best person, thinking about lots of possibile presenters all of whom had huge amounts to offer. We needed someone who could handle serious news and big interviews but was also comfortable with the whole range of subjects the programme covers.
Rachel has shown over the last few years she can do this and she's also someone who completely understands radio as a medium and what makes 5 live special. She's already worked a lot with Nicky and I'm sure that together they'll go from strength to strength creating great listening each morning.
As you'd expect, Rachel is thrilled by the prospect of the early start each day - to quote from our press release this morning she says:
"It's a brilliant opportunity to join what is already a hugely successful team. Shelagh is the mother of all breakfast broadcasters and I can only hope to match the impression she's made on the early mornings of millions of people. My family is already gearing up for the move to Salford and I am really excited about working alongside Nicky and the rest of 5 live in our new home in Salford Quays".
Of course this leaves a gap on Weekend Breakfast which Rachel co-presents with Phil Williams - who takes on that role is a decision I'll be making over the next few weeks.
Adrian Van-Klaveren is the controller of BBC Radio 5 live.