'This is me, I am George': CBeebies unveils new presenter to delighted reaction

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Watch: CBeebies introduces new presenter George

The BBC has announced the introduction of new presenter George Webster to the CBeebies House team – to huge applause from viewers.

Webster, who has Down's syndrome, is a 20-year-old actor, dancer, presenter and public speaker and is proud to show he is independent and able to achieve his dreams.

He said of his new role: "I am so proud and I'm feeling so excited to start."

George Webster is joining the CBeebies House presenting team. (BBC)
George Webster is joining the CBeebies House presenting team. (BBC)

He added he is looking forward to, "Starting it, meeting people and especially meeting Dodge. It's just amazing."

Dodge is the the dog puppet mascot of the CBeebies House.

Mencap ambassador Webster featured in a BBC Bitesize video Five myths about Down's syndrome earlier this year.

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He was invited into the CBeebies House by producers after they spotted him in the video and took part in a screen test performing a poem about himself, dancing and singing with presenter Rebecca Keatley, making a smoothie and helping to settle young viewers down before bedtime.

Webster enjoys dancing, singing, cooking and watching films.

He said: "When I was young I was told that I can be anything. And look – here I am in the CBeebies House ready to cook and sing."

Webster said in the BBC video dispelling myths about Down's syndrome: "I'm George, I'm 20 years old and and I have Down's syndrome.

George Webster is excited to be working with Dodge in the CBeebies House. (BBC)
George Webster is excited to be working with Dodge in the CBeebies House. (BBC)

"I call myself George because that's who I am. Not Down's George."

He added: "I have an amazing life."

Many viewers shared their excitement at the news of Webster joining the children's TV channel, particularly parents of children with Down's syndrome.

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Jonny Pilkington tweeted: "Go George!!! We are so excited to see you."

Karen Taylor said: "CBeebies you have made a mum of a little boy just like George so excited. You are the best."

And Hoison tweeted: "He’s fantastic. I have a 5 year old George with DS and this brilliant lad made our day."

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