Dan Walker talks move from BBC Breakfast to Channel 5 News

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Sally Nugent’s co-host has revealed when his last day on the BBC’s red sofa will be as the BBC searches for a new presenter

moderator Dan Walker last presented BBC Breakfast in less than a week – and the BBC is now promoting its successor.

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He also accidentally overslept on his last Wednesday to present the show, May 11, and had to apologize to viewers.

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He wrote on Twitter: “My very last Wednesday on #BBCBreakfast and you know what? I forgot to set my alarm for the first time in 6 years. Luckily my inner clock ticked and I wasn’t too late. I hope you can join us today.”

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This comes about a month after Walker first told viewers he was leaving.

what has Dan Walker Say on Twitter what did he say about his move to Channel 5, when is his last day and who could replace him?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has announced he will be leaving the show to present rival news program 5 News.

When will Dan Walker leave BBC Breakfast?

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Dan Walker announced on Tuesday 3rd May that his last day presenting the BBC Breakfast will be Tuesday 17th May.

Speaking to co-host Sally Nugent on this edition of the show, he said, “May 17th is my last day, so two weeks today.”

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Nugent said, “That’s not a lot of layers anymore, is it?”

Walker replied: “Well, if you pull that one off because we’re at it, it’s only six.”

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Nugent replied, “That’s not a lot of early warning calls.”

Referring to the fact that he gets up at 3am so he’s ready to start presenting the BBC Breakfast at 6am, Walker said: “I know. Six more three o’clock and then I’m out of here.”

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Nugent then asked Walker if it was nice for him to know he was getting more sleep.

He replied, “It’s nice, but as I explained to you, it’s also a pretty big decision and a sad one too.”

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Nugent interjected, “Yeah Daniel I know it’s okay, we’ve talked a lot about it. It’s good.”

Walker then thanked viewers who had said “nice things” to him since announcing he was leaving the show.

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“The other thing to say is thank you to everyone who sent so many lovely messages. A lot of people want to talk to you about this program, it means a lot to a lot of people.

“It reminded me how special this show is and how much everyone who sees it loves it. Thank you for everyone who came and said some nice things.”

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What did Dan Walker say on Twitter?

The moderator took his on his personal twitter page on Tuesday 3 May to update any fans who missed the morning BBC Breakfast when his last day on the red sofa would be.

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He posted a status alongside a video telling co-host Nugent when the date would be live on the show that morning.

In response to the news, Nugent insisted that she throw Walker a farewell party and bake him a cake.

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Walker’s status read: “So… my last day on #bbcbreakfast will be 2 weeks today! (May 17th) It still feels a little surreal but @sallynugenttv promised to bake me a farewell cake. Thanks for all the nice comments. You are all lovely.”

It comes just weeks after Walker responded to reports that his channel change was motivated by money.

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He said: “It is often the case that the simple truth is much more boring than all the made-up ‘moles’ and so-called ‘sources’ claim.

“In short … a man with a really good job that he loved was offered a really good job somewhere else that offered an amazing new challenge and a chance to do exciting television. The guy explained to his current employers that although it was a difficult decision, he decided to leave.

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“They are now trying their best to give him a dignified exit. Nice Monday. I’m going for a toast.”

Walker also told Nugent on the red sofa earlier this month that he was “never motivated by money” in any job he’s had.

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What does the job advertisement say?

The BBC Careers team posted a job ad on Twitter on May 10, looking for Walker’s replacement.

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The tweet reads: “BBC Breakfast has been a staple of viewers’ mornings across the country for over 20 years. We’re looking for a new chief presenter to wake up the nation on our iconic red sofa.”

Walker re-tweeted the ad on his own Twitter page with the caption, “This is brilliant work done by brilliant people, please mind the sofa.”

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Walker later posted another tweet about the job offer on his Twitter page about the role with the witty caption, “Who on earth would be stupid enough to leave a job like this? Get your resume polished.”

Interested parties have until May 24 to apply. For more information, see BBC Careers Website.

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Who will replace Dan Walker?

Various people have been asked to replace Walker on the BBC breakfast sofa, although the BBC has yet to make an official announcement on who his replacement will be.

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The publication of the job application suggests that the job should not be taken by someone already working at the BBC.

However, viewers were quick to share their thoughts on who they think should take the role on Twitter.

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Many seem to be suggesting BBC journalists and presenters Jon Kay and Ben Thompson, who both sometimes present the breakfast programme, could deserve the role.

Kay and Thompson aren’t the only BBC presenters who Twitter users have said would love to replace Walker on the BBC breakfast sofa.

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Others have said they would like to see BBC Breakfast sports presenter Mike Bushell or BBC Breakfast business presenter Nina Warhurst take over the post.

Former BBC The One Show presenter Matt Baker is also a contender for the role.

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The presenter hosted the BBC One weekday show at 7pm from 2011 to 2020 and continues to work with the BBC.

He was hired by bookmaker Ladbrokes at odds of 8/1 to take on the role.

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Another possible replacement, according to Ladbrokes BBC Morning Live presenter Gethin Jones. You have him at odds of 2/1.

They also have The One Show’s Jermaine Jenas at 4/1, Vernon Kay at 10/1 and Walker’s Strictly Come Dancing competitor AJ Odudu at 7/2.

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Ladbrokes currently have Bushell at 4/1 to replace Walker.

What did Dan Walker say about his channel move?

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On Monday, April 4th, the presenter’s video was posted to Twitter and said he was leaving BBC Show after six years and moving to Channel 5 to succeed Sian Williams.

In a video first posted on the Channel 5 official Twitter page Just after 3pm on Monday, April 4, Walker can be seen speaking directly into the camera and saying the decision was “massive” for him.

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In the video, Walker said, “Hi, Dan Walker here. I have a little news for you. In the next few weeks I will be leaving BBC Breakfast and moving to 5 News and Channel 5.

“I’m really excited but this was also a tough decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast. But Channel 5 came with big ambitions, big plans and I don’t think opportunities like this come along very often and I can’t wait.”

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Walker, who was also the presenter of BBC One’s Focus football from 2009 to 2021, he further said that besides 5 News, he will also present other programs on the channel.

He said, “What I love about this deal is that not only can I present the news, but I can also host a whole host of new programs across the channel.”

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No further details have been released about what these programs will be.

What did Dan Walker say about Sian Williams and how did she react to it?

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Walker, who finished fifth in the 2021 series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, also used the video announcement to praise fellow broadcaster and ex-BBC breakfast presenter Sian Williams.

Sian, who presented BBC Breakfast from 2001 to 2012 when the program’s production team relocated to Salford, has been the main presenter of 5 News since 2016.

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However, she announced in March that she was leaving the role as her final day was Thursday, March 31.

In his video, Walker said: “What an honor to step into the shoes of Sian Williams.

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“I know how popular she is, both with the team and with the crowd, so all I can say is that I will do my best to keep her incredibly high level.”

She said: “Dan Walker, welcome to your new home. I know what it’s like to move from the BBC breakfast sofa to the Channel 5 newsroom, I absolutely loved it and I think you will too.

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“Enjoy and good luck.”

She ended the video by blowing a kiss to the camera.

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When will Dan Walker start presenting 5 News?

It has not yet been announced when Walker will start presenting Channel 5 News.

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When is Dan Walker’s book coming out?

The channel, which previously presented Football Focus, has also announced it will be publishing a book later this year, just weeks after announcing it was leaving BBC Breakfast to present rival news program 5 News.

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On Monday, April 25, Walker returned to Twitter to announce that his second book will be out in October.

The book is called Standing on the Shoulders: Incredible Heroes and How They Inspire Us.

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Walker said it’s “about some of the amazing people who help us see a little bit further than we can on our own”.

He added, “I can’t wait for you to read it.”

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