Rylan Clark-Neal will replace Zoe Ball on her BBC Radio 2 Saturday slot

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Rylan Clark-Neal will replace Zoe Ball as host of BBC Radio 2’s Saturday afternoon slot.

The TV presenter, 29, announced the big news via his Twitter page on Thursday after having previously stepped in to the role over the summer, saying he is ‘thrilled’ to be in charge of the 3pm to 6pm show from January onwards. 

The move comes after Zoe, 47, was revealed as the replacement for Chris Evans, 52, as host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.   

New role: Rylan Clark Neal announced on Thursday that he will replace Zoe Ball on her BBC Radio 2 Saturday slot after she takes over from Chris Evans... as Big Brother's final season ends

New role: Rylan Clark Neal announced on Thursday that he will replace Zoe Ball on her BBC Radio 2 Saturday slot after she takes over from Chris Evans… as Big Brother’s final season ends

Rylan gushed to fans on Twitter: ‘Very excited to be joining the @BBCRadio2 family taking over from the amazing @ZoeTheBall in the new year.

‘I had the best time covering for Zoe and am looking forward to bringing you a BRAND NEW show for Saturday afternoons. I can’t wait x’

The former Big Brother’s Bit On The Side host wished his predecessor all the best in a statement, as he added: ‘I wish Zoe every success as the station’s new Breakfast Show host and I’m sure she’s going to be as brilliant as she always has been. 

He then added: ‘I can’t wait to get started and look forward to being in the studio from the New Year.’

Gracious: The former 'Big Brother's Bit On The Side' host wished his predecessor all the best in a statement, as he said: I'm sure she's going to be as brilliant as she always has been'

Gracious: The former 'Big Brother's Bit On The Side' host wished his predecessor all the best in a statement, as he said: I'm sure she's going to be as brilliant as she always has been'

Gracious: The former ‘Big Brother’s Bit On The Side’ host wished his predecessor all the best in a statement, as he said: I’m sure she’s going to be as brilliant as she always has been’

Can't wait! He gushed to fans on Twitter: 'Very excited to be joining the @BBCRadio2 family taking over from the amazing @ZoeTheBall in the new year'

Can't wait! He gushed to fans on Twitter: 'Very excited to be joining the @BBCRadio2 family taking over from the amazing @ZoeTheBall in the new year'

Can’t wait! He gushed to fans on Twitter: ‘Very excited to be joining the @BBCRadio2 family taking over from the amazing @ZoeTheBall in the new year’

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2, commented: ‘I’m delighted that Rylan can join Radio 2 and we will give him a warm welcome in his new presenting role. 

‘Our listeners can expect a wonderful mix of fun and Rylan’s inimitable style on Saturday afternoons.’ 

Rylan finished working as a host for Big Brother’s Bit On The Side on Sunday, after the final civilian series ended following Channel 5’s decision to axe the reality show.

End of an era: Rylan finished working as a host for Big Brother's Bit On The Side on Sunday, after the final civilian series ended following Channel 5's decision to axe the reality show

End of an era: Rylan finished working as a host for Big Brother's Bit On The Side on Sunday, after the final civilian series ended following Channel 5's decision to axe the reality show

End of an era: Rylan finished working as a host for Big Brother’s Bit On The Side on Sunday, after the final civilian series ended following Channel 5’s decision to axe the reality show

Zoe was revealed as the first female to host the show earlier last month, the first to do so in its 51-year history, after bosses opted to choose her over Sara Cox.

Sara, who presents a 10pm to midnight show on Radio 2, is now set to become the new presenter of Drivetime, and replace Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo.

Zoe has reportedly been handed a £1.2million a year salary to host the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, making her the BBC’s highest paid woman.

Her £1 million salary rise was agreed after several weeks of complex regulations, with bosses hoping to make savings on Chris Evans’ £1.69million pay packet but fearful that slashing too heavily would raise equal pay questions, it is claimed.

The Strictly It Takes Two host’s previous salary was officially disclosed as between £250,000 to £300,000 for her work on Radio 2 and presenting the Strictly spin-off.

Shake-up: Sara Cox, who presents a 10pm to midnight show on Radio 2 and was a favourite for the Breakfast show, is now set to become the new presenter of Drivetime

Shake-up: Sara Cox, who presents a 10pm to midnight show on Radio 2 and was a favourite for the Breakfast show, is now set to become the new presenter of Drivetime

Shake-up: Sara Cox, who presents a 10pm to midnight show on Radio 2 and was a favourite for the Breakfast show, is now set to become the new presenter of Drivetime

A source told The Sun: ‘Zoe was very much the BBC’s frontrunner and they began negotiations some time ago. But it has taken a lot of back and forth to reach a deal.

‘She pushed hard for the right terms and it’s a massive jump but well-deserved. This is the UK’s most listened-to radio show and Zoe’s the perfect host. She deserves every penny.’

Zoe will take over from January when Evans returns to Virgin Radio, and when asked about her pay, Zoe said: ‘I’m definitely not expecting the same.

‘I am very, very happy with what the BBC are paying me. If it comes out, and usually these things do, I hope people will look at it and think: ‘That’s fair’.

Making her mark: Zoe has reportedly been handed a £1.2million a year salary to host the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, making her the BBC's highest paid woman

Making her mark: Zoe has reportedly been handed a £1.2million a year salary to host the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, making her the BBC's highest paid woman

Making her mark: Zoe has reportedly been handed a £1.2million a year salary to host the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, making her the BBC’s highest paid woman



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