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Helen Skelton to leave 'Blue Peter'

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Helen Skelton has announced her departure from Blue Peter after five years on the programme.

The broadcaster joined the BBC children's show in summer 2008, and has become known in particular for undertaking challenges.

Helen Skelton

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She has now joined new channel BT Sport as a football presenter.

Radzi Chinyanganya - co-host of CBBC adventure series Wild - will replace Skelton after she leaves at the end of September.

He will join up with Barney Harwood in mid-October, along with new presenter Lindsey Russell, who was voted in as the show's 36th presenter by CBBC viewers in July.

Skelton said on Thursday's (August 8) edition of the show that she would "always count my time on Blue Peter as one of the most special times of my life.

"However Blue Peter is a 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year job, and with so many exciting new projects in the pipeline, I can't be there as much as I would like, so I've made the difficult decision to hang up my badge."

Comic Relief: Helen Skelton

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CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor described Skelton as "an outstanding presenter and a fabulously adventurous role model".

During her time on the show, Skelton took part in many challenges, including a 78-mile Namibia Ultra Marathon in 2009, making her only the second woman in the world to finish it.

She also became the first woman to kayak the entire length of the Amazon and walked between the chimneys of London's Battersea Power Station on a tightrope in 2011.

Her final Blue Peter task will see her attempt a Royal Marines challenge.

Helen Skelton will continue to work on other BBC shows including Countryfile and Holiday Hit Squad.

Watch the presenter trying out Royal Navy Helicopter Underwater Escape Training for Blue Peter below:

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