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Megan Nisbet

BBC Breakfast's Dan Walker says last day preparations haven't gone to plan

Dan Walker has updated his followers ahead of his last day on BBC Breakfast. The presenter is leaving the morning news programme after six years for Channel 5 News.

On Tuesday, May 17, Dan will say goodbye to the famous red sofa, however, the 46-year-old has revealed that things haven't gone to plan. Ahead of his final shift Dan took to social media to reveal some "travel-based issues" meant he was struggling to get to the studio.

Speaking to his 758,000 Twitter followers, Dan said: "Hello everybody. Thank you for all the gorgeous messages that you're sending through about my final shift on BBC Breakfast tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it - if I actually manage to get there.

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"I'm currently at some services charging my electric vehicle. I had some travel-based issues and need to get it up to a significant enough charge to get me all the way to Manchester."

He continued: "So I might get there very late tonight. I'm planning on about two and a half hours' sleep. So if I look a litle befuddled in the morning, that's the reason why."

He added: "Be lovely if you can join us though from 6am, we've got lots of news in the programme, lots of interviews, loads to cram in and hopefully I'll get the chance to say goodbye and thank you for everything over the last six years or so."

Dan announced he was leaving BBC Breakfast in April to move to Channel 5 News. The presenter is replacing Sian Williams who stepped down from anchoring the show in March.

He said at the time: "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. 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.

"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 incredibly 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 programmes right across the channel."

He continued: "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. All I can say is I will do my very best to maintain her incredibly high standards. Thank you for watching and I’ll see you soon on a TV screen somewhere."

Dan joined the BBC Breakfast sofa in 2016 and co-hosts the programme with Sally Nugent after Louise Minchin stepped down in September 2021 after 20 years on the show. For more showbiz and television stories, get our newsletter here.

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