Blue Peter reveals new presenter

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The presenter of the world’s longest-running children’s television show has been announced.

Richie Driss is the 38th Blue Peter presenter and joins from Joe Media, where he hosted weekly podcasts with Hollywood A-listers, as well as taking on tough challenges.

The 30-year-old studied film and television at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before starting out on local radio and joining Joe Media in 2016.

“To say that becoming a Blue Peter presenter is a dream come true doesn’t even begin to describe it. To be named presenter of the longest running children's television programme in the world is a far bigger achievement than I ever dreamt possible,” he said.

“I cannot wait to get started and follow in the footsteps of the 60 years of iconic presenters who have worn the famous Blue Peter badge before me. I am going to give it my all, no matter what the job throws at me.”

His first live broadcast will be on May 16th.

“Richie really impressed us during his auditions and showed that he has plenty of Blue Peter spirit when he came face to face with a Burmese python and took on a ninja assault course. We’re sure he will be a big hit with the legions of Blue Peter fans,” added Matthew Peacock, Acting Editor, Blue Peter.

He joins the show, following the departure of Radzi Chinyanganya on April 18th who had been with the show for five and a half years.