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Adrian Chiles making return to BBC for 5live show

Adrian Chiles
Image caption Chiles was at 5live from the outset

Presenter Adrian Chiles is returning to the BBC, three years after leaving for an ill-fated stint on ITV's breakfast show Daybreak.

Chiles will return to BBC Radio 5live to present the weekly Friday edition of Drive, alongside Anna Foster.

He was one of the first presenters on 5live when it launched in 1994.

The station also revealed Christian O'Connell, Jonathan Pearce and Matt Johnson would be sharing hosting duties on sports panel show Fighting Talk.

The trio will alternate presenting the irreverent Saturday morning discussion programme following the departure of Colin Murray, who left for TalkSport last month.

O'Connell currently fronts Absolute Radio's breakfast show and Pearce provides football commentary, while Johnson is a presenter on ITV's This Morning.

Image caption Matt Johnson, Christian O'Connell and Jonathan Pearce will alternate presenting Fighting Talk

Chiles left the BBC's The One Show in 2010 to front ITV's re-launched morning show, alongside his One Show co-host Christine Bleakley.

The pair left Daybreak a little over a year later following poor ratings. Chiles continues to present football coverage on ITV.

Chiles said: "It's very exciting to be coming back to Radio 5live. It was a privilege to have been there right at the beginning when it launched, and I'm thrilled to have been asked back.

"It'll be great to tackle news, current affairs and business stuff, as well as sport. All the time I've been away from 5live I've remained an avid fan and it'll be good to be part of it again."

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