TV presenter and comedian Graham Norton will be the new host of the Saturday morning show on U.K. AC network BBC Radio 2.

Norton will take over the three-hour show on Oct. 2, 2010. Norton has been standing in for breakfast host Chris Evans this week.

"Graham is one of the nation's favorite entertainment presenters and I'm hugely excited to welcome him to his new permanent home on Radio 2," said Bob Shennan, controller of Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, in a statement.

Jonathan Ross steps down from the show in July, following his decision to leave the BBC, where he also hosted a TV chat show and film review program. There has been intense media coverage of his earnings as well as edgy humor, which resulted in a 12-week suspension in 2008 for comments made on Radio 2.

"I'd like to thank Jonathan for making the Saturday morning slot on Radio 2 such a huge success over the past 11 years, and during that time, contributing fully to the renaissance of Radio 2," said Shennan.

Radio 2 is the most popular U.K. radio station with a weekly audience reach of 14.6 million listeners.