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Rick Edwards joins BBC Radio 5 Live breakfast show

Rick Edwards

Rick Edwards has been named as the new co-host of BBC Radio 5 Live’s breakfast show.

He will join Rachel Burden to present the “new-look” 5 Live Breakfast show, broadcast from MediaCityUK in Salford, which will launch in November.

Edwards, who has worked at the station since 2019, takes over from Nicky Campbell who has made the move to present 5 Live every weekday morning.

Nicky Campbell announced his departure from the breakfast show in June, after almost 20 years.

Rick Edwards said: “When it comes to 5 Live, I’m a long-time listener, first-time breakfast-show-presenter. I’ve always loved the station’s heady mix of news, sport and free-wheeling conversation. I realise I have some big boots to fill – I checked, and Nicky Campbell’s an eye-watering UK12! – but I’m very excited about popping them on and sitting alongside the brilliant Rachel every morning.”

Rachel Burden, who has presented the weekday breakfast show since 2011 and is a presenter on BBC Breakfast, added: “It’s a joy and a privilege to be starting a new chapter on 5 Live Breakfast with Rick. He has a love of sport and a curiosity about the world, which our 5 Live family will love. Plus, he knows a lot about octopuses, which will surely come in handy at some point!”

Heidi Dawson, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “With Rachel and Rick, 5 Live Breakfast will continue to be at the heart of the UK conversation, talking about the stories that matter to our listeners. From breaking news to the biggest sport stories, 5 Live Breakfast will set up listeners for the day ahead, keeping them connected and making them smile.”

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