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Megan Nisbet

Who is Jon Kay the new BBC Breakfast presenter replacing Dan Walker?

Jon Kay has been confirmed as the new BBC Breakfast presenter. The host will take over the role from Dan Walker who left the red sofa after six years in May for a position at Channel 5 News.

The 52-year-old, who starts his new role with immediate effect, will become the new regular presenter on BBC Breakfast from Monday to Wednesday alongside Sally Nugent, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt.

Announcing the news, Jon said: "So delighted to share this news and join the outstanding @BBCBreakfast team full time. An absolute honour to front the UK's number one morning show with my mates @sallynugent @TVNaga01 and Charlie (and his new cat!)"

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Jon was quickly congratulated by Dan, who wrote: "Brilliant news. Congratulations @jonkay01. Great bloke, top presenter and much loved by the #BBCBreakfast team." But who is Jon Kay? Here's everything you need to know.

Who is Jon Kay?

Jon, who hails from Hull, has been part of the BBC Breakfast team for more than eight years and recent stories he has covered include the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend and interviewing Hollywood star Ben Stiller about his visit to Ukraine in his UN goodwill ambassador role.

BBC Breakfast viewers may also recognise Jon from Panorama, Crimewatch and BBC Radio 5 Live Drive, all of which he's presented. Jon's career in journalism, which started over 25 years ago, began at the BBC where he was a trainee reporter working at local radio stations across the country, before reporting for BBC Points West and becoming a senior network correspondent and presenter for BBC News.

Jon also hosts a true-crime podcast on BBC Sounds, called Fairy Meadow, and regularly keeps his fans updated on Twitter. You can follow him at @jonkay01.

He is married to Francesca Kasteliz, a former BBC News journalist and the couple share three children.

Jon said of joining BBC Breakfast full time: "I'm over the moon to become the new regular presenter of BBC Breakfast and I'm looking forward to bringing our brilliant viewers the very latest news each morning alongside my good friend Sally and the rest of the team.

"Sitting on the famous red sofa is a real privilege while covering the stories and issues that matter to our audience – home and abroad."

BBC Breakfast editor, Richard Frediani, said: "Jon is a brilliant broadcaster who can turn his hand to hard-hitting news stories, celebrity interviews and everything in between. Already a member of the BBC Breakfast family, we are thrilled to have him join the team as a regular presenter." For more showbiz and television stories get our newsletter here.


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