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BBC announces Alex Jones as new co-host of The One Show

Alex Jones

The BBC today, Monday 26 July, confirmed that Alex Jones will be joining The One Show team to present BBC One's popular flagship show alongside Jason Manford.

Alex says: "I'm absolutely thrilled to bits to be joining The One Show. I watch the show at home every night on my sofa and can't believe I'm now swapping it for The One Show sofa! It is the break I have only ever dreamed of and I can't believe I'm getting to work with Jason Manford, who I think is just fantastic – it truly is the icing on the cake."

Alex, 32, who has 10 years experience in television, is fluent in Welsh and has previously presented programmes in Wales including Tocyn, a stylised travel series; Chwa, a Welsh language extreme sports series; and Salon, a style and fashion programme. She also co-hosted with rugby legend Jonathan Davies during the 2010 Six Nations Championship and is a regular co-host on Real Radio GMG in Wales.

Co-presenter Jason, who is looking forward to working with Alex, says: "After meeting so many brilliant presenters Alex just felt really special. She is going to be brill and we can't wait to start the show together."

Liam Keelan, Controller of Daytime, says: "I'm delighted to welcome Alex to The One Show team. Her screen test with Jason was outstanding and from that moment we knew she was the one. We are really proud to have Alex on board and look forward to introducing her to The One Show audience. She has a lovely sense of humour and she's the perfect fit for Jason Manford as the show begins its next journey from 16 August."

The One Show editor Sandy Smith is delighted to welcome Alex to the helm and adds: "Alex is warm, funny and very experienced, despite being almost unknown outside Wales. It feels right for many reasons to be developing someone new at this time and I hope One Show viewers enjoy seeing her relationship with Jason develop on screen and take her to their heart."

Alex and Jason will host The One Show every Monday to Thursday from 16 August, with Chris Evans hosting Fridays from 20 August on BBC One.

The hugely successful show – which regularly attracts more than five million viewers – is also being simulcast on the award-winning BBC HD channel. It will continue to offer the regular mix of news, current affairs and entertainment alongside some new features and guest slots that will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Notes to Editors

The One Show, which achieved its highest-ever ratings this year with 7.4 million viewers and regularly attracts audiences of more than five million, has established itself as essential early evening viewing – combining celebrity guests with topical reports from every corner of the UK.

The One Show first piloted in August 2006. It has played five nights a week since 9 July 2007, transmitting 250 shows per year with big name guests including Sir Michael Caine, Bette Midler, Dame Helen Mirren, Liza Minnelli, Will Smith and Dolly Parton.

The One Show presenters are supported by a team of regular reporters including Dan Snow, Dominic Littlewood, Michael Mosley, Phil Tufnell, Angellica Bell, John Sergeant, Des Coleman, Ellie Harrison, Anita Rani, Matt Allwright, Gyles Brandreth, Dr Sarah Jarvis, Arthur Smith, Simon Boazman, Jay Rayner and Lucy Siegle.

The One Show is also being simulcast on the award-winning BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel available through Freesat 108; Freeview 50; Sky 143 and Virgin 108. BBC HD offers the very best of the BBC's programming in high definition, bringing audiences the programmes they love with up to five times more detail than standard definition, and exceptionally vivid colours and crisp pictures.

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