Nick says of joining the show, “I’m flattered to have been asked to present such an iconic programme and will work hard to justify sitting in the same seat as such great talents as Jeff Stelling, Des O’Connor and of course the great Richard Whiteley. It’s particularly fitting that I should be doing this now as my spelling has started to slip quite badly. I used to be able spell chrysanthemum.”
Nick, who is best known as Lord Alan Sugar’s advisor on the BBC’s Apprentice, will take over from Jeff Stelling at the end of the year to join number cruncher Rachel Riley (pictured, above, right) and words expert Susie Dent when Countdown returns from Monday 9th January 2012 onwards.
Countdown Executive Producer, Peter Gwyn, adds, “I’m absolutely delighted that Nick has agreed to take the Countdown chair, and I can’t wait to see him bring his unique style and humour to this iconic format. With Nick at the helm and our 30th birthday next year, we’ve got some very exciting times ahead for Countdown viewers.”
Countdown is Channel 4’s longest running series airs weekdays at 3.10pm. The show was the first programme to be screened by the channel on its launch day in 1982 and was presided over by the late Richard Whiteley until his death in 2005. Original side-kick Carol Vorderman was axed in 2008.
Originally produced by Yorkshire Television in Leeds the show is now produced at the ITV Granada studios in Manchester where it relocated in 2009.