Moira Stuart joins Chris Evans on radio show

Moira Stuart is to make a comeback by joining the line-up for Radio 2's new breakfast show, host Chris Evans has confirmed.

She has already been working on practice programmes this week in anticipation of next week's official launch, Chris said.

Moira said: "I'm delighted to be joining The Chris Evans Breakfast Show team at Radio 2 - we'll certainly have some fun."

Chris commented: "It doesn't get any better than Moira Stuart. The voice, the authority, the style, the class, plus a side of her the majority of people have never seen before.

"She's funny, she's cheeky and dare I say it - ever such a little bit naughty. Always brilliant on the telly, I predict she's going to be even better on the radio. In fact I know she will be."

Moira - a familiar voice for decades - was dropped from TV in 2007, which prompted accusations of ageism. The news veteran, now 60, had anchored the news on Andrew Marr's Sunday morning show, but had previously been a key presenter on the BBC's main TV bulletins.

Controller of Radio 2 Bob Shennan said: "Moira is a much-loved broadcaster and I am thrilled that she is joining Radio 2."

Stuart became a Radio 4 newsreader after beginning her BBC career as a radio production assistant.

She moved to TV in 1981, becoming the UK's first female African-Caribbean newsreader.

Other presenting roles have included Radio 2's Best Of Jazz and a guest slot on Have I Got News For You.