Anneka Rice to replace Zoë Ball on BBC Radio 2

The former Treasure Hunt star makes a comeback on the network's weekend breakfast show

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Former Treasure Hunt star Anneka Rice is to replace Zoë Ball on BBC Radio 2’s weekend breakfast show. Rice has been a regular stand-in presenter on the network but begins hosting the programme in her own right later this month.

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The news follows yesterday’s reports that Rice, 53, is also set to front two new peak-time shows for BBC television, with BBC1 controller Danny Cohen commenting: “I’ve always been a fan of Anneka’s work and I’m looking forward to developing different projects with her over the forthcoming months.”

Speaking of her new Radio 2 role, Rice said: “I started my career in BBC radio so I’m thrilled to be going full circle and back to my roots. Unbelievably, I’m even looking forward to the early starts as I’m missing not having a young family any more.”

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Rice became a household name in the 1980s as the energetic skyrunner on Channel 4’s Treasure Hunt and also fronted BBC1’s Challenge Anneka. She starts her two-hour early breakfast show at 6am on 25 February.