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Megan Nisbet

Dan Walker announces he's quitting BBC Breakfast after six years

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has announced he is leaving the morning news show after six years. The Strictly Come Dancing star has confirmed he will be moving to Channel 5 News.

Dan is replacing Sian Williams who stepped down from anchoring the show last month. In a video clip posted to the official Channel 5 Twitter account, Dan said he was "really excited".

He explained: "Hello, Dan Walker here, 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.

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"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. You can read more on this here.

Meanwhile, Sian has presented 5 News since 2016 and announced in March that she would be stepping down. For more showbiz and television stories, get our newsletter here.

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