Dan Walker’s parting post amid ‘sad times’ as BBC host bids farewell to ‘legend’ colleagueJune 28, 2021
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BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker took to Twitter and shared some kind words after his co-star John Watson addressed “sad times”. The sports presenter revealed his colleague of two decades, Sanj Shetty, had hosted his final bulletin at the corporation.
Taking to Twitter, John, who often features on Breakfast, penned: “Sad times.. just done my last bulletin with @SanjWriter who leaves the BBC after 23 years. He was one of the first people I worked with when I joined the team. He’s a true gent and will be missed…”.
Sanj, who has worked across the BBC as a producer, reporter and presenter, revealed he was leaving after more than two decades last month.
John accompanied the post with a snap of the pair behind the scenes at the BBC studios.
Dan reacted to the post as he shared a candid message to his “legend” colleague.
In view of his 715,000 followers, the Breakfast host wrote: “Sanj!!!! Legend. I didn’t realise you were off. Take care my friend.”
Presenter Nina Warhurst penned: “Best of luck with whatever’s next.”
The news comes just weeks before Dan’s Breakfast co-star Louise Minchin announced her exit from the news programme.
Louise released a statement earlier this month revealing that 2021 will be her last year on the show.
She cited the early starts as the main reason for her departure.
“It will be this year 20 years since I first presented this programme and since then I’ve felt part of a huge enormous BBC Breakfast family which includes everyone who works here, everyone on the team, and every one of you that watches the programme,” Louise explained.
“I have absolutely loved being part of the six million strong BBC Breakfast family but after nearly two decades presenting the programme, I have decided it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 3.40am in the morning.
“A big thank you to everyone who has watched and supported me, I have loved it and I will miss you all.”
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There has been much speculation over who will replace Louise on the morning programme.
Naga Munchetty, Charlie Stayt and Dan are the current line-up on BBC Breakfast.
It’s not known who will take Louise’s seat on the sofa, but possible names include Sally Nugent, who hosted with Dan earlier this year when his co-star was on leave.
Sally has been filling in for BBC Breakfast’s regular hosts on a freelance basis since 2011 and currently serves as the show’s main relief presenter, as well as regularly presenting the show’s sport slots.
Other stand-ins who could be promoted include news correspondent Sima Kotecha and Rachel Burden, who has co-hosted the BBC Radio 5 Live weekday breakfast show since 2011.
Other contenders could include Tina Daheley, who currently reads the news on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, and business presenter Nina Warhurst.
Louise started work for Radio 5 Live in 1998 and presented programmes including Drive and Breakfast.
Between 2003 and 2012, she was a regular BBC News Channel presenter.
She was also one of the main relief presenters for the BBC News at One until April 2012, when she became a permanent member of the Breakfast line-up alongside Bill Turnbull, Susanna Reid and Stayt.
BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.
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