Strictly's Matt keeps spot on One Show sofa

Anthony Barnes

Strictly Come Dancing star Matt Baker has finally been confirmed as the new host of BBC1's The One Show.

Baker, who won an army of fans for his athletic performances as runner-up on the dance show, had long been the front-runner to land the job.

He replaces Jason Manford who quit the magazine show after it emerged the married presenter had been exchanging lewd messages with female fans by text and Twitter.

Baker, who first found fame as a Blue Peter presenter, had been a success as a stand-in on The One Show.

But he has been busy with rehearsals and performances for the Strictly tour for the past few weeks. He will continue to present Countryfile.

Baker will take his place alongside co-host Alex Jones from February 14.

He said: "I'm over the moon to be joining The One Show as a full-time presenter.

"The BBC has made everything possible so I can also continue presenting Countryfile. It's the ideal combination for me and I can't wait to get started."

The popular BBC1 show had to renew its presenter line-up after Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley headed to ITV last year, with Jones and the short-lived Manford taking over, and Chris Evans hosting each Friday.

Baker landed two TV Baftas during his seven-and-a-half year stint on Blue Peter.

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen said: "With such a wide range of experience including Blue Peter, Countryfile, and Strictly Come Dancing, Matt's perfectly placed to take his place on the One Show sofa alongside Alex Jones."

Jones said she was pleased Baker was to become a "permanent fixture".