Maya Jama for The Big Breakfast revival?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 July 2021
Maya Jama

Maya Jama

Maya Jama and Clara Amfo are top of the list to join the revival of Channel 4's 'The Big Breakfast'

Maya Jama is wanted for the revival of Channel 4's 'The Big Breakfast'.

The in-demand television presenter is being eyed to join host Mo Gilligan for the '90s entertainment show's one-off special for Black To Front day – which will see the channel's entire programming schedule fronted by Black talent – on September 10.

The 26-year-old star has recently presented BBC Three's 'Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star' and co-presented BBC One's 'Crouchy's Year-Late Euros: Live'.

According to an insider, 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2020 competitor and BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo is also on the wish list.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: “Maya would be the perfect fit to feature on the 'Big Breakfast' reboot and Channel 4 has her firmly in its sights.

“She is on its wish list of black female talent, along with 'Strictly' star and broadcaster Clara Amfo.

“Maya is incredibly busy but Channel 4 is hoping she’ll be able to make room in her diary to be a part of the show, which bosses think is going to be a roaring success when it airs on September 10.”

Confirming his hosting role, Mo said in a previous statement: "Like so many of us, I loved 'The Big Breakfast' and I am so grateful to be asked to host this special event, particularly as part of such a hugely thrilling and history-making day for British television."

'The Big Breakfast' first launched in 1992 with Chris Evans as the host, while the likes of Paul Ross, Denise Van Outen, Johnny Vaughan, Gaby Roslin and Kelly Brook all presented the show over the years.

Channel 4 is also planning to showcase black talent on the likes of 'Countdown', 'Celebrity Gogglebox' and 'Hollyoaks'.

However, the broadcaster insisted the event isn't meant to be a one-off "day of eye-catching programming", but instead it can be a "focal point" to promote "on and off screen representation" well into the future.

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, added: "Channel 4 was created to give voice to underrepresented parts of society and do things which other broadcasters would not, and the Black Takeover qualifies on both counts.

"It will be much more than a day of eye-catching programming, providing a focal point for our efforts to drive up on and off screen representation and leaving a lasting legacy on the channel and beyond."