Trisha Goddard will be stepping into Jeremy Vine’s shoes next week while the latter enjoys a two week break from his popular morning show.
TV veteran Trisha, 63, will begin hosting the Jeremy Vine Show on August 16 alongside regular presenter Storm Huntley and has spoken of her excitement in a new statement.
‘It’s going to be fun stepping into Jeremy’s shoes and hosting a daily daytime show again,’ she said.
Exciting: Trisha Goddard, 63, will be stepping into Jeremy Vine’s shoes next week while the latter enjoys a two week break from his popular morning show
Trisha continued: ‘Having worked in this industry for 35 years I’m really looking forward to getting back into the studio, and working with the team, the panellists and the amazing audience who are the heart and soul of the show.’
The show’s editor Ian Jones added: ‘Welcoming Trisha back to daytime TV will be a real treat for viewers.
‘Together with Storm they are the perfect combination to take over the reins while Jeremy is away.’
He went on: ‘She will bring just the right mix of expertise, energy and enthusiasm to the show, and we’re all looking forward to working with her over the next two weeks.’
Topical: Jeremy’s topical daytime programme tackles topics ranging from politics to parenting issues, crime to moral dilemmas and showbiz stories
The topical daytime programme tackles topics ranging from politics to parenting issues, crime to moral dilemmas and showbiz stories, alongside returning panellists who offer honest and engaging debate.
The news comes after Jeremy, 56, sparked an angry reaction on social media last week when he shared a video of cyclists riding four abreast on Twitter.
As the car slowly approaches the cyclists, he says: ‘Sunday morning in the country. Absolutely no problem with this at all. This is exactly how cyclists should ride. They’re calming the traffic behind them.’
But commenting on the video on Twitter, former England rugby union captain Will Carling wrote: ‘I am a cyclist. Simple rule – we are smaller than cars – so be polite, ride single file when holding up cars.’
Anger: A video of cyclists riding four abreast filmed by broadcaster Jeremy, 56, has sparked an angry reaction on social media
Cyclist: Jeremy, himself a cyclist, filmed the scenario while a passenger in a car behind the group as they rode four abreast (pictured)
Ex-London mayoral candidate Laurence Fox wrote that ‘Mamils’ – an acronym for middle-aged men in lycra – should give the same respect to horse riders that they received from the car driver.
He added that he was thrown off a horse in West Sussex after ‘a bunch Tour de France wannabes zoomed out of the shadows’.
Talk Radio presenter Cristo Foufas commented: ‘You’re just trolling us now!’
A person with the username @Tryptych070426 posted a reply to Vine which stated: ‘One doesn’t have to be a bad driver to be offended by your lack of consideration for motorists and the ugly sense of self entitlement it reveals.’
Another Twitter user going by name @cafkin wrote: ‘Blocking the road will make people take bigger risks and lead to worse accidents.’
But the account for the Roads Police Unit of Surrey Police posted: ‘No driver should need to get angry in those circumstances. Anyone can pass very easily and safely.
‘Drivers and riders have to take each section of road as they find it and adjust accordingly; being safe and courteous.’
Roger Geffen, policy director at charity Cycling UK, told the PA news agency it is a ‘frequent misconception’ that ‘bunching up is inconsiderate behaviour’, insisting it ‘makes the group far safer and easier to overtake than a longer thinned out group’.
He added: ‘It is not much more different to when overtaking a car on a single carriageway or a HGV – the less time spent passing the vehicle, or group of cyclists, the safer, easier and faster it is for everyone.’
The Highway Code states that cyclists ‘should never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends’ – though this is advice rather than a legal requirement.
The Department for Transport announced last month that the Code is being updated to include a hierarchy of road users so those who ‘can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others’.
Comments: People were quick to respond to Jeremy’s tweet, with former England rugby union captain Will Carling commenting: ‘I am a cyclist. Simple rule – we are smaller than cars – so be polite, ride single file when holding up cars’