Why is Dan Walker leaving BBC Breakfast?

Why is Dan Walker leaving BBC Breakfast?

May 3, 2022

AFTER six years on BBC Breakfast, Dan Walker will be saying goodbye to his morning role later this Spring.

The journalist shocked fans earlier this year when he revealed he has quit the show.

Why is Dan Walker leaving BBC Breakfast?

On April 4, 2022, Dan Walker revealed he had quit BBC Breakfast to join Channel 5.

He will be hosting the channel's revamped 5 News, as well as a number of other shows for the broadcaster.

In a video shared on Twitter, Dan said it was a "massive decision" to leave Breakfast, adding: "I don't think opportunities like this come round very often.

"I'm really excited but this has also been a massive decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast, I love working alongside Sally and I love the team there."

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His full statement said: "I have a little bit of news for you. In the next few weeks, I'm going to be leaving BBC Breakfast and moving to 5 News and to Channel 5.

"But Channel 5 came with big ambitions, with big plans and I don't think opportunities like this come around very often and I can't wait.

"I've also had the incredible privilege of working on some iconic programmes over the last few years, both at the BBC and elsewhere.

"And what I love about this deal is I not only get to present the news, but also host a whole range of new programmes right across the channel.

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"And what an honour to step into the shoes of Sian Williams.

"I know how popular she is with both the team and also the audience, so all I can say is I will do my best to maintain her incredibly high standards.

"Thank you for watching and I'll see you soon on a TV screen somewhere."

Who will replace Dan Walker on BBC Breakfast?

The BBC are yet to make an official announcement about who will be his replacement.

However, many viewers believe that BBC journalist and presenter Jon Kay could be taking over.

Kay regularly stood in for Dan when he was away from his job.

He joined the BBC Breakfast team back in 2010.

When did Dan Walker join BBC Breakfast?

The star presented BBC Breakfast for six years after replacing Bill Turnbull in 2016

He fronted Breakfast with Louise Minchin, who departed in September 2021.

She was replaced by Sally Nugent, whose appointment was announced the following month.

Dan hit the headlines in 2018 after his salary revealed he earns almost double the amount of his female co-presenter.

However, Dan pointed to the fact that his earnings come from fronting multiple shows on the BBC.

He appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2021, dancing with Nadiya Bychkova.

When is Dan Walker on Channel 5?

Dan's exact start date is yet to be revealed, although in his leaving statement he said it would be "in the next few weeks".

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As mentioned, he will be hosting the channel's revamped 5 News, as well as a number of other shows for the broadcaster.

Dan will be hosting alongside Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije and has taken over from Sian Williams.

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