Countryfile: Matt Baker and Anita Rani search for REPLACEMENT presenters

The new competition has been dubbed as “one time only” and will see viewers who are interested in being the next Matt Baker or Anita Rani given a shot at the limelight.

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Those who believe they could be in with a chance of hosting the show were urged to submit an application.

However, the competition is not open to all Countryfile fans.

Entrants must be between the ages of eight and 15 to stand a chance of presenting the show.

To be in with a chance of adding to the line-up, fans must submit a short film online that will be judged by the production team.

The eight finalists will then have the opportunity to attend screen tests in Gloucestershire which will be broadcast on Countryfile in July.

The two overall winners will then be invited to attend BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for two days this August.

Here they will join the presenting team on one of the days and present a short item for Countryfile which will be broadcast on BBC One.

Entry is open now and will close on Sunday April 15.

Matt and Anita’s announcement excited long-time fans of the show.

Viewers instantly took to social media during tonight’s broadcast.

One fan tweeted: “@itsanitarani Good to see West Yorkshire on tele particularly my old stomping ground of Chellow Dene. Pity at 70yo I’m too old for Countryfile young presenter challenge though.”

“@BBCCountryfile @BBCOne @itsanitarani Dream job! Well…..29 doesn’t quite make the mark but I shall try and encourage my wonderful Geography students,” posted another.

A third added: “@BBCCountryfile @BBCOne @itsanitarani Fantastic! Love the idea of young people presenting @BBCCountryfile.

“Anything to get kids out and about, interested in the countryside and inspire others to do the same is a win win win!”

Elsewhere on the programme Matt, Anita and Joe Crowley visited West Yorkshire where Matt met Dr Ryad Alsous, a refugee from Syria whose love of bees has helped him forge a new life here.

Anita also spent time on the moors searching for the mountain hare, aptly known as the Easter bunny.

If you’re interested in becoming the next Matt or Anita, apply for the Countryfile Young Presenter Talent Search here.

To find out all of the rules of Countryfile’s Young Presenter Talent Search competition, click here.

 continues next Sunday on One at 7pm.

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