Former BBC Breakfast host Bill Turnbull is to join Classic FM for two new weekend shows.

Turnbull, who left the Salford-based BBC One programme last month and was replaced by Dan Walker, will present on Saturday and Sunday mid mornings from 10am to 1pm.

He forms part of Classic FM’s new weekend schedule, which also includes Alan Titchmarsh, Aled Jones and Alexander Armstrong.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining Classic FM, with its distinguished line-up of presenters. It will be a real joy to turn from news to music, especially at a more civilised hour, and I’m looking forward to it very much.”

Sam Jackson, managing editor of Classic FM, added: “Bill Turnbull is one of this country’s finest broadcasters and I’m so pleased to welcome him to the Classic FM family. Bill is one of those rare presenters who everyone feels like they know. His warmth and wit have endeared him to millions of television viewers and now we’re thrilled that he’s joining Classic FM’s weekend team.”