04/03/2013 08:46 GMT

BBC Launch Talent Show Search For New 'Blue Peter' Presenter

The BBC is launching a talent show with a difference - to find a new presenter for 'Blue Peter'.

CBBC duo Dick and Dom will host the search for the right person to join Barney Harwood and Helen Skelton on the 'Blue Peter' sofa.

Contenders will have to win their way through a series of challenges to reach the final where the winners will be chosen by the CBBC audience.

Dick and Dom will host the search for a new Blue Peter presenter

CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor said: "Working on Blue Peter is a dream job for any aspiring presenter and our search for a new face to join Helen and Barney will generate a huge level of excitement for CBBC viewers. With the irrepressible Dick and Dom on hand to orchestrate proceedings we anticipate high tension and high jinks."

The series, which has a working title of 'So You Think You Can Be A Blue Peter Presenter?', starts this summer.

The BBC's flagship children's show was first screened in 1958 and popularised the phrase: "Here's one I made earlier".

In recent years it has been a launchpad for TV stars such as Matt Baker, Konnie Huq and Anthea Turner.

Other famous names who have been given their big breaks over the year have included Valerie Singleton, Janet Ellis, John Noakes and Peter Purves.