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Helen Skelton and Michelle Ackerley join Morning Live

The BBC has confirmed that from 2nd January, Helen Skelton and Michelle Ackerley will become permanent presenters on the show.

They will alternate alongside Gethin Jones every Monday to Wednesday. Kym Marsh will present on Thursdays.

“I am so excited to become a more regular member of the Morning Live family, and be in such good company!” said Helen Skelton.

“It’s really nice to be part of a programme giving so many people a voice. Everything we talk about on the show is what my friends and family are texting me about, we’re right at the heart of what matters to people right now. We’re not just highlighting problems though, we’re finding solutions and I love that we’re able to help in some small way. It’s stuff you need to know but also stuff that’s nice to know, and even when I’m not hosting, I’m sat at home with a cuppa taking it all in. I can’t wait for January!”

As previously announced, the live magazine daytime show, which is filmed in Manchester, will be extending its daily running time from 45minutes to 75minutes.

“I am delighted to join Helen as part of the regular Morning Live line-up. I have absolutely loved being a part of the show so far, which we know can make a real difference to people’s lives,” added Michelle Ackerley.

“I’m looking forward to keeping our audiences company in the mornings and doing that alongside friends. I’ve known Geth and Helen for a long time now and believe or not, Helen and I used to flat share back in the day! To do this all in my home town of Manchester is a dream!”

Made by BBC Studios Factual Entertainment, the show recently won Best Factual Series at the RTS North West Awards. It draws up to 1.4m viewers a day, averaging 1.2m.

“Helen and Michelle have been a huge hit with audiences as guest co-hosts since September and are both a joy to work with, so we are thrilled they will now become a permanent part of the team, alongside Gethin. They both bring a wealth of live presenting experience with them and continue our Morning Live trend for northern, female, power houses!” said Emma Morris, Morning Live Executive Editor, BBC Studios.

“We are so excited to be bringing audiences an additional 30 minutes of topical, relevant and entertaining content each day, too. With a cost of living crisis, a scam epidemic and so much fake news and misinformation shared online, Morning Live has become the go to place for impartial advice audiences can trust.”

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