Easington-born Matt Baker set to leave BBC's The One Show after nine years

Presenter Matt Baker, originally from Easington, has announced that he will be leaving The One Show after nine years on the series.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 9:29 am
Matt Baker has announced that he is leaving The One Show after nine years. 
Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Matt Baker has announced that he is leaving The One Show after nine years. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

On Wednesday, December 4, Matt Baker, 41, shared the news on the BBC One programme.

He was born in Easington and when he was young, his father ran a newsagent's shop there. His parents also had a smallholding in the village.

Now, the ex-Easington Village School student is now known and loved for his presenting on TV.

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He joined The One Show in 2011 and hosted it alongside Alex Jones and has also presented on shows such as Blue Peter and Countryfile.

In a statement, Matt said: "I've loved that The One Show has been such a big part of my life for the last nine years.

"It's been brilliant to showcase the eclectic mix of Britain, meet incredible people along the way and witness so many lives changed with the annual Rickshaw Challenge for Children In Need.

"I'd like to thank all those I've worked with over the years and especially you the viewer for showing me so much support during my time on the green sofa.

"I'm continuing with Countryfile and BBC Sport and excited about other opportunities that come my way but most of all I'm looking forward to having dinner with my family and being able to put my kids to bed."

After nine years working on the programme, Matt will be handing over the baton.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: "I would like to thank Matt for his nine years presenting The One Show, he has given so much to the show over that time.

"His warmth and wit have helped to create many magical moments on the sofa.

"He has a great connection with BBC One viewers and will continue to play an important role on the channel on Sunday nights in Countryfile and with BBC Sport on our Gymnastics coverage. We look forward to working with him on other programmes in the future."