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Thursday 12 January 2023

Colin Murray named as permanent Countdown host

Colin Murray announced today that he will continue to host Countdown, the UK's longest-running TV quiz show. The show has seen its best ratings in over a decade, with December 2022 securing the highest share for the series. Colin, who has been the host since Summer 2022, made the announcement on Channel 4's live daily show Steph's Packed Lunch.

Colin said:   "It's a career dream to be named as permanent anchor of one of television's most iconic programmes. I have been a fan since day one, been part of the family for over a decade, appearing on Dictionary Corner, and now I get the honour of guiding it into a fifth decade.  However, I just don't want Countdown to survive, I want it to thrive. During my caretaker stint we've seen more people tune back in, with close to a million [0.9m] watching the series final in December, and I want that to just be the beginning.

"Countdown is a special show, and its stars will always be the letters and the numbers, but it's more than that. Great afternoon company for people of all ages from all across the UK. Rachel, Susie and I are very excited for the year ahead. If you haven't watched in a while, drop by and join us. Everyone is welcome."

Colin has taken over as the seventh permanent host of Countdown, succeeding Anne Robinson who resigned last summer. Other hosts before him include Richard Whiteley, Des Lynam, Des O'Connor, Jeff Stelling, and Nick Hewer. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show, special guests Baroness Floella Benjamin, Sir Trevor McDonald, Reverend Richard Coles, and Moira Stuart each hosted a week of episodes.

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