AJ Odudu has been announced as the host of The Big Breakfast as the show will return after 19 years off the air.
The 33-year-old radio host will present the two-hour special alongside Mo Gilligan, 33, as part of Channel 4’s Black To Front day, which will take place in September.
As part of the initiative, which celebrates black talent, Sir Trevor McDonald, 81, will lead Countdown.
Exciting: AJ Odudu has been announced as the host of The Big Breakfast as the show will return after 19 years off the air
AJ, along with news anchor Phil Gayle, will also film the show, which ran from 1992-2002, live from its original East London location, the Lock Keepers’ Cottages.
The television personality said: ‘I can’t wait to get into The Big Breakfast. It’s such an iconic show to be a part of and I’m confident it’s finally coming back.
“I’m so looking forward to working with Mo and can’t wait to wake up the nation! I’m thrilled to be part of Channel 4’s Black to Front, which rightly provides a platform for deserving black British TV talent in our industry, both on and off screen. It will be very special.’
Host: As part of the Black to Front day, which will take place in September, Sir Trevor McDonald, 81, will lead Countdown (photo 2018)
Scheduled to run for over a year, Black to Front is working with numerous production partners and is part of Channel 4’s ongoing commitment to improving the representation of Black on and off screen.
From breakfast to late night, some of Channel 4’s most iconic shows put black talent at the forefront, giving viewers a new perspective on much-loved programmes.
On Channel 4’s longest-running show, Countdown, broadcaster Sir Trevor will host the iconic quiz show.
In addition to Sir Trevor in the Salford studio, acclaimed poet and playwright Lemn Sissay OBE will use the words from Dictionary Corner and math prodigy Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, which will bring her arithmetic expertise to the number round.
Throwback: The Big Breakfast was first launched in 1992 and Denise Van Outen and Johnny Vaughan presented the show in 1997
Lemn is joined in Dictionary Corner by special guest, award-winning journalist and beer sommelier, Marverine Cole.
Sir Trevor said: ‘I am proud and delighted to present Countdown on this special day; I’ve always enjoyed Countdown, a show that’s been around almost as long as I have.’
The Big Breakfast was first launched in 1992 with Chris Evans as host, while the likes of Paul Ross, Denise Van Outen, Johnny Vaughan, Gaby Roslin, and Kelly Brook have all hosted the show over the years.
Channel 4 also plans to showcase black talent such as Celebrity Gogglebox and Hollyoaks.
However, the broadcaster stressed that the event is not intended to be a one-off ‘day of standout programming’, but could instead be a ‘focal point’ to promote ‘on and off screen representation’ well into the future.
Ian Katz, Program Director, added: “Channel 4 was created to give underrepresented sections of society a voice and do things other broadcasters wouldn’t, and the Black Takeover qualifies on both counts.
“It will be much more than a day of standout programming, a focal point for our efforts to increase representation on and off screen and leave a lasting legacy on the channel and beyond.”
Revival: The 33-year-old radio host will host the two-hour special alongside Mo Gilligan, 33, as part of Channel 4’s Black To Front day, set to take place in September (pictured in July)