Olympic and Paralympic presenter Clare Balding has been announced as the new host of Radio 2’s weekly faith programme Good Morning Sunday. The show – currently presented by Daybreak’s Aled Jones – is broadcast every Sunday morning and features guests, topical discussion of ethical and religious issues and spiritual music.
41-year-old Balding – who was recently hailed by critics and viewers for her consummate broadcasting during London 2012 – will take over from Jones when he departs in January.
“I grew up listening to Terry Wogan on Radio 2 with my Mum and I couldn’t be prouder to join a station that boasts a host of brilliant, iconic broadcasters,” she said.
“I am thrilled to be asked to be a part of the Radio 2 family and look forward to sharing Sunday mornings with listeners who know their eggs from their onions, who enjoy music, conversation and sharing ideas. I’m also looking forward to exploring the whole nature of faith and why it’s so important in people’s lives.
"I have never presented my own radio show so this is a huge moment for me – a challenge, a responsibility and a very exciting development in my career. I can’t wait to get started.”
Controller of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, Bob Shennan, added: “Clare is a much-loved, top quality live broadcaster who thrives on engaging with people from all walks of life. I’m sure she will be a big hit on the show as we continue to embrace the rich mix of faith and spirituality that Good Morning Sunday listeners know and love.
“I’d also like to thank Aled who has done a fantastic job of easing the nation into Sunday mornings for the past six years. We will be working with him again on a new musical series in 2013.”
Aled himself had some words for the show’s listeners: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my last six years on Radio 2. Being a part of the network has been life changing and getting to know the lovely loyal Sunday morning family has been so special to me. I will miss you!”