ZOE Ball has unveiled her team for the flagship BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show which she is taking over next month.

The presenter, who lives in Ditchling, will be behind the microphone for the first time on January 14 and admits she cannot wait to get started.

Chris Evans broadcast his final show on Christmas Eve and is moving to a similar slot on Virgin Radio.

Zoe said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be following in the giant footsteps of Chris Evans as the host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

“To be the first woman to present this very special show is both an honour and a privilege.

“Believe me, I am not

under-estimating the enormity of the task ahead, to follow not one but two of my broadcasting idols.

“It is somewhat daunting but I hope, in the same way that Chris made this show his own after taking over from the wonderful Sir Terry Wogan, that with a top team behind me, I bring the fabulous Radio 2 audience a show they want to wake up to.”

Evans is taking most of his Radio 2 team with him to Virgin, including much-loved sports presenter Vassos Alexander.

But Zoe has unveiled her new team for her new-look show.

Richie Anderson will be on travel news duty and he tweeted: “So excited to say that in 2019 I will have a new home. You will be able to hear me every morning on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. It is my dream job.”

The sport segments will be presented by Mike Williams, who joined BBC sport in 2011. He has worked for BBC 5 Live, BBC World Service and the BBC Asian Network.

The weather will be presented by Carol Kirkwood, who also presents the weather on BBC1 Television.

Zoe, 48, has a long and illustrious broadcasting career under her belt.

She began her career as a “runner” for Channel 4 and researcher for Sky.

Zoe hit the big time and became a familiar face on television with her presenting role on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast and also became a regular presenter of Top Of The Pops.

In 2005, she was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing where she finished in third place with her dance partner Ian Waite. However, it was not to be her last association with the hugely popular BBC1 show.

Seven years ago she replaced Claudia Winkleman as the host of Strictly Come Dancing’s sister show, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, a role she has held ever since.

As a radio host, she has stints at BBC Radio 1 and XFM on her CV, but is arguably about to take on the biggest challenge of her career.