Des Lynam, the former linchpin of BBC sports coverage, has been chosen to succeed Richard Whiteley, who sadly died in June after a heart operation.
Des, known throughout the UK as the “housewives’ favourite”. has a laid back charm which will help him follow Richard Whiteley who established Countdown’s position as a staple of daytime television. Richard Whiteley was the first person to appear on Channel 4 as it went to air on 2 November, 1982. Countdown has been an ever present on the station since then and it still regularly draws more than 1m viewers.
Carol Vorderman, continues as the co-presenter of Countdown and there's no doubt, she and Des will make a formidable team. The Countdown deal will involve Lynam making about 200 of the half-hour programmes a year. Channel 4 also considered Paul Merton, Noel Edmonds and Richard Digance for the show.
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