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Last Updated:  Monday, 7 April, 2003, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
Church to front TV quiz
Charlotte Church
The singer will present one edition of the show
Teenage singer Charlotte Church is to branch into television as a guest presenter on the satirical quiz Have I Got News For You.

The Cardiff-born 17-year-old, who has recently distanced herself from the classical singing which made her famous, will step into the slot left empty by the departure of Angus Deayton.

It is the second time Church will have appeared on the show - last year, she became its youngest ever contestant at the age of 16.

Her team captain Paul Merton - who has also acted as the show's host - said Church had shown young people were much better educated than their elders.

The singer will be one of eight new faces to guest present the next series, which starts at the end of April.

So far, former Conservative leader William Hague and actor Martin Clunes, of Men Behaving Badly fame, are confirmed for the show along with Church.

Have I Got News For You
Church won praise from team captain Paul Merton
A spokeswoman for the quiz show said she was unable to give exact dates for when the teenager would appear.

She added: "She is confirmed and we are looking forward to having her as a guest."

Church is one in a line of guest presenters brought in following the departure of Deayton, after revelations about his private life.

They have included acerbic Weakest Link host Anne Robinson, and Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.

Anne Robinson's appearance gave the show its second highest viewing figures ever.

The show has not yet made any announcement about a permanent replacement for Deayton.

Some suggested contenders are actor and writer Stephen Fry, comedian Clive Anderson, BBC political editor Andrew Marr and his ITV counterpart John Sergeant.

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