University of Portsmouth chancellor Sandi Toksvig has been named as one of the new presenters of the Great British Bake Off.
The broadcaster and comedian will host the much-loved cookery show when it moves from the BBC to Channel 4 next year.
She will be joined by co-presenter Noel Fielding, as well as judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
Previous hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, as well as long-standing judge Mary Berry, left the show when it was purchased by the commercial broadcaster last year.
Sandi, who also hosts BBC quiz show QI, posted on Twitter: ‘It’s an extraordinary honour to be charged with being in the mix to produce this national treasure of a show #GBBO.’
Sandi started out in children’s television and performed on the stand-up circuit before moving into panel shows including Call My Bluff, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News for You.
It’s an extraordinary honour to be charged with being in the mix to produce this national treasure of a show.Sandi Toksvig
The 58-year-old is also well-known for her radio work, featuring on BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, The Unbelievable Truth, and as the chair of The News Quiz, which she left in 2015 to co-found the Women’s Equality Party.
Her co-host, comedian and actor Noel Fielding, is best-known for his break-out television series The Mighty Boosh.
The Great British Bake Off is produced by Love Productions.
In a statement she said: ‘It is an extraordinary honour to part of this national treasure of a show.
‘Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business. The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh. The only down side is that he has much better dress sense that I do.
‘I spend my daytimes on Channel 4 already so it will be a treat to be there in the evenings. I am so delighted to be working with Love Productions and Channel 4 on this best of British show.’
She has been the chancellor of University of Portsmouth since October 2012.