Sarah Brett to leave Radio Foyle and join 5 live radio

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Image caption Sarah Brett previously hosted the breakfast show on BBC Radio Foyle with Enda McClafferty

BBC Radio Foyle presenter Sarah Brett is to join Radio Five Live.

She will co-present a new show, Afternoon Edition, with BBC Sport presenter Dan Walker.

It will air on the station from 13:00 to 16:00 on Monday to Thursday and will feature a range of expert voices, stories from all over the UK and in-depth interviews with big name guests.

Radio 5 live also announced that from October, Stephen Nolan will run from 20:00 until midnight on Saturdays.

Sarah Brett, who has been a regular presenter on BBC Radio Foyle's breakfast show, said: "To say I'm excited doesn't really cover it.

"Joining 5 live to co-present a brand new programme is a huge deal. And I'm very proud to be coming from a fantastic regional station, BBC Radio Foyle. The chance to help create something completely fresh for listeners on 5 live is a dream job and I can't wait to get started."

The Donegal-born presenter also hosted her own early morning talk show on Radio Foyle and co-presented Pure Culture with Michael Bradley during Londonderry's year as city of culture in 2013.

It has been a busy month for the presenter, as well as being confirmed in her new role at Radio 5 live, she recently gave birth to her first child.

Last year, she was named news broadcaster of the year at the Irish PPI (Phonographic Performance Ireland) radio awards.

Her co-presenter on BBC Radio Foyle's breakfast show, Enda McClafferty, paid tribute to her professionalism and dedication.

"It comes as no surprise to us that Sarah has been snapped up by 5 live as she is a first class broadcaster, who comes alive behind the microphone," he said.

"I have never known anyone to have so much energy at half five in the morning and it was a real pleasure working along side her on our breakfast programme.

"I know she will be sorely missed at Radio Foyle, but it's a great opportunity which I know Sarah will relish.

"I know she won't miss the five o'clock wake-up call."

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