The show will get its nationwide launch on June 3. It means a raft of regional Heart shows will be replaced by the new pairing of Theakston and Holden.
Theakston said: “This is a massively exciting opportunity in taking this show nationwide and I’m beyond thrilled to have my friend Amanda join me in the fun. Listeners can expect the unexpected from Amanda, just as I have learned to do over the years!”
Managing editor of Heart, James Rea, said: “We have been working hard behind the scenes to be able to announce some huge changes to Heart, which we’re thrilled to reveal today. Amanda Holden brings a fresh energy to the brand-new national Breakfast show and we’re delighted that she’s now part of the Heart family. Both Jamie and Amanda’s infectious humour and engaging personalities will certainly brighten up mornings across the UK! We wish them the very best of luck ahead of their first show together on Monday June 3.”
Ashley Tabor, founder and executive president of Global, said: “This is a huge moment for Heart and Global, as we launch the largest morning show in commercial radio, Heart Breakfast, across the UK.”
Theakston’s former co-host Emma Bunton stepped down to concentrate on the Spice Girls’ reunion.