Radio station Heart has announced its new breakfast show for East Anglia.

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Norfolk-born Dave Taylor and TV presenter Sarah Cawood are to be the new hosts of the morning show from next month.

The new line-up follows the previous announcement that Rob Chandler and Chrissie Jackson are to leave the station this month after presenting the early morning show together for 14 years.

News of their departure sparked the creation of a Save Rob and Chrissie Facebook page which has attracted more than 3,000 likes, but despite this the duo’s final show will be on Friday, December 20.

Dave Taylor and Sarah Cawood will present their first show together from the station’s Norwich studios on January 6.

Dave, who was born in Great Yarmouth and grew up in Lowestoft, saw his radio career start to take off while he was an economics student at the University of East Anglia, and he has since worked on a number of radio stations.

Sarah, who is from East Anglia, has been a TV presenter on shows including Live and Kicking, Top of the Pops, Loose Women and the National Lottery. Co-hosting Heart Breakfast will be her first full-time radio presenting job.

Dave Taylor said: “I started in radio 12 years ago in East Anglia whilst at the UEA and grew up in Lowestoft, so it’s great to finally be back and waking up loads of old friends and making lots of new ones. Plus I can go and see mum every Sunday in Carlton Colville and get a roast dinner and my washing done!”

Sarah Cawood said: “I’m so thrilled to be a part of Heart East Anglia (doubly so, being an East Anglian girl myself!). I’ve always wanted to work in radio and I’m really looking forward to waking Norfolk and Suffolk up in style with my fabulously funny co-host Dave Taylor. Fasten your seat belts: Dave and Sarah are coming!”

Heart’s programme controller Steve Martin said: “We are delighted to welcome local boy Dave and showbiz girl Sarah to Heart in East Anglia. They’ve got an amazing chemistry and together they will bring a fantastic sense of fun to the new Heart Breakfast show. I know our listeners will love getting to know them.”

Radio Broadland was a household name in the region from 1984. It officially became Heart in 2009 as part of a takeover by Global Radio, owner of the Heart network of stations. The change led to a more national approach to the station, with a mix of local and national shows in the programme.

Rob and Chrissie originally teamed up in 1999 on the then Radio Broadland, and their final breakfast show will be on Friday, December 20.

In a statement from Rob and Chrissie previously released by Heart, the duo said: “The radio station and the breakfast show have been a huge part of our lives. We’ve had a fantastic time on and off-air with the team here and most importantly with the listeners.”

• Heart Breakfast with Dave Taylor and Sarah Cawood will be launched on Heart on Monday, January 6. The show will run on weekdays from 6am.

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