Fiona Phillips to cover for Simon Mayo on FiveLive

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It’s probably fair to say it’s not been a great month for former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips.

Last weekend, she learned that a Channel Five crime show she was due to present had been axed because it appeared to breach Ofcom’s rules on impartiality (it was going to be funded by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft).

And then it emerged that the Guardian Media Group would not be renewing her contract to present a weekly show on the Smooth Radio network.

Finally some good news, though. Today the BBC confirmed that Phillips would make her radio debut at the corporation later this month when she stands in for Simon Mayo on the FiveLive afternoon show.

Phillips, a former BBC South TV presenter, will present the show from 30 March to 3 April.

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