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Friday, January 29, 1999 Published at 12:22 GMT


New deals for Zoe

Zoe Ball: The TV deals mark her move into mainstream broadcasting

Presenter Zoe Ball has unveiled a new TV show for Channel 4, as well as signing a three-year contract with BBC Radio 1.

Ms Ball will also host the BBC's radio and TV coverage of the Glastonbury Festival in addition to developing new BBC TV projects.

Her live Channel 4 show sees her working with her radio rival Chris Evans, whose Ginger Television company is co-producing the as-yet-untitled programme.

The 14 one-hour shows, which she will host with Sky Sports presenter Tim Lovejoy, mark her move away from children's TV into mainstream programming.

'Original and irreverent'

[ image: Chris Evans: His company is co-producing Ball's Channel 4 show]
Chris Evans: His company is co-producing Ball's Channel 4 show
She said: "This is an exciting new TV challenge which, together with Tim, will hopefully fulfil my enthusiasm for live television.

Channel 4 head of entertainment Kevin Lygo said: "She is one of the most gifted and exciting presenters of the generation, whose original and irreverent style epitomises many Channel 4 values."

The deal is reportedly worth around £3.5m to Ball's production company.

Her Radio 1 breakfast show goes out against Evans' Virgin Radio show - however, the two are old friends from the days when she worked as a researcher on The Big Breakfast.

She started presenting the show solo in September 1998 after achieving an impressive ratings rise with former co-host Kevin Greening.

'Today's number one youth icon'

[ image: Matthew Bannister: Took Zoe Ball on when he was Radio 1 controller]
Matthew Bannister: Took Zoe Ball on when he was Radio 1 controller
Now the BBC are showing their faith in her by offering her a deal which reportedly makes her one of the corporation's highest paid female presenters.

Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said: "Zoe's performance on the breakfast show has gone from strength to strength, establishing her as today's number one youth icon."

BBC Production chief executive Matthew Bannister said: "Zoe Ball is currently piloting two new shows for BBC One and we've confirmed she will be the main anchor for BBC TV and Radio 1's live coverage of Glastonbury - the biggest music festival of the summer."

Earlier this month she announced she would be leaving BBC One's Live & Kicking children's show at the end of the current series to give her time to work on the new projects.

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