Dan Walker, a BBC Breakfast presenter for six years, is leaving the show, becoming the latest high-profile departure from the network.
The BBC Breakfast host said his choice to quit the show and join Channel 5 was “very painful,” but that his new responsibilities will allow him to develop programs “outside of news.”
The 45-year-old TV host hosted Football Focus from 2009 to 2021 and has been a regular on the corporation’s main breakfast program since 2016. She formerly hosted Breakfast with Louise Minchin, who left in September 2021.
Walker stated in a video statement on Twitter that it was a “huge choice” since he loves the breakfast program, but that it was a unique chance that he “can’t wait” for. Here’s all you need to know about Dan Walker’s departure and what’s ahead for him.
Dan Walker announced his departure and stated that it will take place within the next few weeks. It was eventually revealed that his final day on the red couch will be Tuesday, May 17th.
Why Did Dan Walker Quit BBC?
“I’ve never been driven by money in any job I’ve ever had,” Walker said in his interview with Nugent. “And, while I adore BBC Breakfast and everyone on the show, this is a terrific opportunity to work with a fantastic team at Channel 5 and also go and develop some other programming outside of news.”
Walker’s income was indicated as being between £295,000 and £299,999 in the BBC’s 2020/2021 annual report, with program obligations including Football Focus, which he has since quit, and BBC Breakfast programming. His increased compensation has not been made public.