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Clara Amfo lands 'iconic' radio role

NEW JOB: Clara Amfo (PA)

RADIO PRESENTER Clara Amfo has been confirmed as the new host of the BBC’s Official Radio 1 Chart show and becomes the second woman to front the "iconic" programme.

Amfo, 29, who replaces Jameela Jamil, will have to wait until January to take up the role.

Speaking about her new job, she said: "It’s an absolute honour to be taking the reins on a show as iconic as The Official Chart.

"It is a dream come true and I can’t wait to announce the UK’s number one for the first time."

Amfo was the voice behind the Official Top 40 on MTV and joined the BBC last year as part of Radio 1 Xtra’s Weekend Breakfast show, which she will continue to host.

The DJ also spoke of the importance of her role in terms offering disappointing news to the armies of fans on social media following their favourite acts.

"I’m the voice that’s telling them that their efforts haven’t been good enough to get their artist to number one", Amfo added.

"If they need someone to have a go at, it’s going to be me – but I’m ready for it."

Amfo’s appointment comes on the back of the BBC’s introduction of new diversity measures.

As part of the plans they aim to increase the on-air representation of people from black, Asian and ethnic minority groups from 10.3 per cent to 15 per cent by 2017.

Meanwhile former Chart Show presenter Reggie Yates has been lined up alongside Emma Willis to present new TV show Prized Apart.

The upcoming Saturday night programme features couples competing against each other for a top prize.

Yates said: "I’m thrilled to be part of such an exciting and fresh show".

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