viewers popular channel 4 Game show Countdown will have seen a new face in front of the famous countdown clock today (Thursday 14th July) when they tuned in to the show.
That’s because a new full-time presenter was appointed months after the previous host Anne Robinson resigned – and he’s a guy TV Host named Colin Murray.
But who is Colin Murray, how was he greeted by other regular countdown faces like? Rachel Riley and how long will he have the job?
Here’s what you need to know.
Will Colin Murray take over Countdown?
Colin Murray is the new host of Countdown and he will be the seventh person to take on the role.
Regular viewers of the intellectual game show will recognize Murray, having previously appeared on the show earlier this year.
He has announced that he will be presenting the show from Thursday July 14 through early November, although he hasn’t given a date for his final broadcast.
Has Anne Robinson left Countdown?
Yes, Anne Robinson left Countdown.
The former Weakest Link host confirmed she was leaving the show in May after presenting 265 episodes, admitting at the time that she “stayed longer than I signed up”.
At the time, Murray was acting as Robinson’s deputy.
Robinson took on the role of host for the popular game show last year, becoming its sixth host. She was also the first woman to take on this role.
The show was previously presented by the late Richard Whiteley from 1982 to 2005, Des Lynam from 2005 to 2006, the late Des O’Connor from 2007 to 2008, Jeff Stelling from 2009 to 2011, and Nick Hewer from 2012 to 2021.
How was the news about the new Countdown presenter announced?
The news that Murray will be the new permanent Countdown host was announced by co-host Rachel Riley, who has been on the show herself since 2009.
On her official Twitter page, Riley wrote: “Today this lovely guy @ColinMurray is hosting @C4Countdown.
“‘He loves the show, the game, the contestants and the team and we all love him.
“Catch us weekdays, same time, same place at 2:10 p.m.”
What did Colin Murray say?
He wrote, “‘I’m like the assistant manager who gets the job until the end of the season.
“‘Earn respect for the dressing room (@susie_dent @RachelRileyRR), get some points on the board, try to win a trophy! 75 games to get it right!
“Absolute honor. Favorite show of all time. July 14 to early November.”
Who is Colin Muary and does he have a wife?
Colin Murray, 45, is a Northern Ireland television presenter, radio presenter and author.
He is best known for fronting Match Of The Day 2 on BBC One between 2010 and 2013.
He was previously a regular presenter on Channel 5 and BBC Radio 1 TV shows.
In 2007 it was named “Music Station of the Year” at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
Murray is married to Carly Paradis, a BAFTA-nominated Canadian-born British composer, songwriter and pianist.
When can I see countdown?
You can watch Countdown every weekday at 14:10 on Channel 4.
You can also always watch episodes on Channel 4 All4’s catch-up service.