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Colin Murray named as permanent Countdown host


Colin Murray is to take over from Anne Robinson as Countdown’s permanent host.

The UK’s longest-running TV quiz show is filmed at dock10, MediaCity and last year marked its 40th anniversary.

Murray, who’s been standing in as presenter since the summer, confirmed the news on Channel 4’s daily show, Steph’s Packed Lunch – appropriately enough in Leeds, the original home of the series.

“It’s a career dream to be named as permanent anchor of one of television’s most iconic programmes. I have been a fan since day one, been part of the family for over a decade, appearing on Dictionary Corner, and now I get the honour of guiding it into a fifth decade,” he said.

“However, I just don’t want Countdown to survive, I want it to thrive. During my caretaker stint we’ve seen more people tune back in, with close to a million [0.9m] watching the series final in December, and I want that to just be the beginning.

“Countdown is a special show, and its stars will always be the letters and the numbers, but it’s more than that. Great afternoon company for people of all ages from all across the UK. Rachel, Susie and I are very excited for the year ahead. If you haven’t watched in a while, drop by and join us. Everyone is welcome.”

Channel 4’s Head of Daytime and Features, Jo Street, added:   

“We have listened to the fans. Many have written in to let us know how much they love Colin on the show, and so I am delighted to be able to confirm that he is staying in the hotseat alongside lexicographer Susie Dent and maths whiz Rachel Riley MBE. “

There have been 7000 episodes of Countdown since its launch and a total of 7 permanent hosts, including Richard Whiteley, Des Lynam, Des O’Connor, Jeff Stelling, and Nick Hewer.

“We are thrilled that Colin is our new permanent host. His boundless energy, infectious humour and genuine love for the programme have really struck a chord with our viewers, and he, Rachel and Susie are the perfect team to take this iconic show into the future,” added Peter Gwyn, Executive Producer, Countdown producer, Lifted Entertainment.

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