Kate Walsh to front Channel Five show

The Apprentice runner-up Kate Walsh to host nightly show, Live From Studio Five, alongside Ian Wright and Melinda Messenger

Kate Walsh, the runner-up in the latest series of The Apprentice, is to front a new 6.30pm nightly magazine show for Channel Five.

Walsh, who was beaten by restaurateur Yasmina Siadatan in the final of the last series of The Apprentice June, will host the new Five show alongside TV pundit and former footballer Ian Wright and Melinda Messenger.

The hour-long show, be called Live From Studio Five, starts next month and promises to mix news and showbiz stories. Live From Studio Five will go head to head with The One Show, BBC1's similar early evening current affairs magazine format, over its second half hour from 7pm.

"This is news but not as you know it," said the Five channel controller, Richard Woolfe. "It is a chatty, forthright, spirited magazine [show]. Every other broadcaster's schedule at this time is totally predictable and I believe there's a huge opportunity for a show like this which will shake things up, put Five on the map and get viewers talking about the channel."

The show, which will be produced by Sky News, will use a mix of live and recorded location reports alongside celebrity interviews and "gossip and banter" based on the day's news agenda.

Live From Studio Five's presenters will be backed by a team of Five News reporters and the Sky News team.

Walsh, who is engaged to fellow The Apprentice candidate Philip Taylor, fronted a women's fashion segment on GMTV earlier this year. She was previously a licensing development manager at Starbucks.

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