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Countdown back on air with Des Lynam

31st October 2005

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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