Matt Baker will step down from The One Show in Spring 2020



Matt Baker is stepping down from The One Show after nine years as presenter.

Matt will continue to present BBC’s Countryfile and sport coverage.

Matt Baker says: “I’ve loved that the One Show has been such a big part of my life for the last nine years. It’s been brilliant to showcase the eclectic mix of Britain, meet incredible people along the way and witness so many lives changed with the annual Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need.

"I’d like to thank all those I’ve worked with over the years and especially you the viewer for showing me so much support during my time on the green sofa.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says: “I would like to thank Matt for his nine years presenting The One Show, he has given so much to the show over that time. His warmth and wit have helped to create many magical moments on the sofa.

"He has a great connection with BBC One viewers and will continue to play an important role on the channel on Sunday nights in Countryfile and with BBC Sport on our Gymnastics coverage. We look forward to working with him on other programmes in the future.”


Matt began his television career 20 years ago as Blue Peter’s 28th presenter. In the eight years he worked on the iconic show he won two Bafta awards for Best Presenter and a Royal Television Society award.

Matt is the long-standing host of BBC One’s award-winning Sunday night series Countryfile and is the face and voice of BBC Sport’s Gymnastics coverage. He has co-presented The One Show since 2011, announcing in December 2019 that he will stand down after nine years.

In November 2011, Matt undertook the Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge cycling a rickshaw from Edinburgh to London. He went on to create Team Rickshaw – mentoring and cycling alongside inspiring young people to raise awareness of their projects by peddling through the UK. Overall his Rickshaw rides have raised in excess of £35 million for Children in Need.

In 2010 Matt was runner-up in Strictly Come Dancing and took part in the Strictly Live Tour where he won a record-breaking number of shows. As a boy, Matt was a British gymnastic and sports acrobatics champion. He was born in Durham where he grew up on his family’s sheep farm.

"I’m continuing with Countryfile and BBC Sport and excited about other opportunities that come my way but most of all I’m looking forward to having dinner with my family and being able to put my kids to bed.”

Source BBC One

December 5, 2019 4:05am ET by BBC One  


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