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Live and Kicking axed

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Saturday morning magazine series Live and Kicking has been axed after an eight year run, it has been confirmed.



Ratings for the series have slumped since the departure of Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston, and the launch of ITV rival show SM:TV Live, which now hammers the BBC in the ratings.

Nigel Pickard, head of CBBC, said: "Everyone on the show has worked extremely hard and the series has had a successful run in the last eight years.

"But it has not performed as well as it once did. We are now looking to the future and a fresh look for Saturday mornings."

A BBC spokesman confirmed that a "brand new" replacement would air from the Autumn, although would not comment on presenters or format.

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