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Monday, 18 March, 2002, 12:33 GMT
Gallagher lines up Channel 4 breakfast
Kirsty Gallacher
Kirsty Gallacher will be part of a presenting team
Television sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher has been confirmed as one of the team that will front the replacement for The Big Breakfast on Channel 4.

Gallacher will appear alongside Chris Rogers, a former presenter of BBC One's Newsround, as well as other hosts whose identities are due to be revealed later this week.

Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers has worked on Sky News and Newsround
The Big Breakfast, which launched Chris Evans and Johnny Vaughan onto the national stage, was axed after falling ratings.

The finishing touches are now being put to the replacement live news and entertainment show, which will be made by BSkyB together with independent outfit Princess Productions.

It is rumoured to be called Rise!, but a spokesperson said there were other titles in the running.

Gallacher presents football programmes on Sky Sports, and fronts entertainment show Kirsty's Home Videos on Sky One.

The daughter of golfer Bernard Gallacher, she says her ambition is to be a Bond girl and was recently named satellite and digital TV personality of the year at the Television and Radio Industries Club Awards.

She began her broadcasting career in 1995 after being spotted by the head of Sky Sports at a golf dinner with her father.

Full details

One of her co-hosts will be Rogers, who has been seen presenting on Sky News after six years at children's news show Newsround.

He has also presented religious programmes such as Songs of Praise as well as radio shows for BBC Radio 1 and London's Capital FM.

The Big Breakfast's Johnny Vaughan and Kelly Brook
The Big Breakfast ratings fell after Johnny Vaughan left
A spokesperson said the full presenting team and details the show's format would be unveiled on Wednesday.

The new show is due to start after Easter.

BSkyB won the lucrative contract to make the programme last December. It will work with Princess Productions, the firm behind shows like Model Behaviour and Light Lunch.

Channel 4 took the decision to scrap The Big Breakfast when ratings took a dive following the departure of Johnny Vaughan.

When it launched with Chris Evans and Gaby Roslin at the helm in 1992, its young and energetic style won audiences of 1.5 million.

Johnny Vaughan and Denise van Outen were another successful presenting pair, but successors including Kelly Brook, Paul Tonkinson and Richard Bacon could not stop its audience figures slipping to less than 500,000.

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