Vanessa Feltz has announced that she will be joining TalkTV after nearly two decades at the BBC’s radio station.

The 60-year-old will replace Jeremy Kyle as the presenter of the fledgling network’s three-hour Drivetime show starting September 5th.

Kyle, meanwhile, is set to host a new primetime show on TalkTV starting in the fall.

Felts said:

“There are politicians to tackle, fat cats to beat, frauds to accuse, and lovely listeners to defend, but it’s my mission to put the fire on the mic.

“After gracing the BBC, I am overjoyed to be invited to unleash a hitherto hidden side of me on Talk TV.

“I enjoy the opportunity to debate and finally have a personal and passionate perspective. Even better, I take the reins of drivetime.

“After many years of starting at 3:30 am, we do the show without an alarm clock.

“If I had scarred Mayor Sadiq Khan so badly that he didn’t dare to walk into my studio with him barely asleep, what would I accomplish with a full eight hours of eyes closed?” Tune in to see if you can.”

Scott Taunton, Head of Broadcasting for News UK, said: We’re thrilled to have her join her TalkTV’s amazing roster of talent.

“I’m confident that viewers and listeners can get the most out of Felts because they don’t need an alarm clock.”

In July Felts announced he was leaving the show on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio London, joining many established presenters who have left the station.

Paul O’Grady, 67, hosted his last Radio 2 show earlier this month, and Steve Wright, also 67, is set to finish his weekday afternoon show on Radio 2 in September.

According to recently released BBC figures, Felts is one of the three top 10 highest-paid women on air talent, earning between £400,000 and £404,999 a year, while she earns 8 It was rank.

Zoe Ball and Fiona Bruce were the other two female hosts who made the top ten list.

Felts began broadcasting the Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show from 5am to 6:30am in January 2011, extending to 4am from January 2021.

In addition to covering daily news, her show featured the famous Last Word, Jolly Good Fellow, Felts Philological Challenge, Early Bird Earworm, and more.

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