BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty and colleagues pay tribute to ‘mentor’ Bill Turnbull

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty recalls her first show on the show’s red sofa, sitting next to Bill Turnbull as she paid tribute to her former colleague after his death in age 66.

Unchetty joined past and present colleagues from the BBC and other broadcasters to pay tribute to Turnbull and share anecdotes about his impact on their lives.

His family announced that he had “passed away peacefully at his family home in Suffolk on Wednesday, August 31” following a “challenging and committed fight against illness” prostate cancer”.

Munchetty, paying tribute to the former presenter that was broadcast live on Thursday morning, said: “I can only say as a team we are in shock this morning, we know him. what it means to so many audiences.

“I can honestly say that after working with Bill so closely like Mike (Bushell) you did, Charlie (Stayt), we all did, he really cares about this show and the audience. fake.”

Turnbull was on BBC Breakfast for 15 years, before parting ways with the show in 2016.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017, speaking in 2018 about his treatment in a Channel 4 documentary called Staying Alive.

Munchetty said: “I did the first presentation with him at Breakfast.

“He helmed this show and that is what great presenters and great journalists do, and we all send our thoughts and condolences to Sesi’s family as well. and Bill. We will miss him very much.”

Munchetty stars BBC Breakfast sports presenter Bushell, who tells viewers how Turnbull “can brilliantly switch moods between hard news and softer stuff”.

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“We developed this joke and he is credited with getting me to BBC Breakfast more often. He became a mentor so I owe him a lot,” Bushell said.

In a tweet, Bushell said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of dear friend and former colleague #billturnbull @BBCBreakfast legendary, my mentor 20 years ago, incredible talent to moves from the harder news of the day to the lighter stories with his intelligence, wit, warmth, our love, his thoughts with his family.


BBC Breakfast presenters (from left) Bill Turnbull, Louise Minchin, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt (BBC/PA)

“One of my favorite days since I first met Billy when he helped me find my feet on the sofa Breakfast was a day out to watch him comment on his beloved @wwfcofficial against @ lufc 2009.

“He was excellent at everything he did and most importantly the best company.”

The BBC program will run a special in Mr Turnbull’s honor on Friday.

Turnbull was once a staunch supporter of Wycombe Wanderers and the club said they mourn the passing of “an incredibly wonderful man and fervent supporter of our football club”. I”.

A tweet added: “Rest in peace, Bill Turnbull. We will miss you very much.”

Sharing messages and pictures of Turnbull’s last visit, they added: “Bill’s last visit to Adams Park was in April, when he cheered the boys on to a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

“Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield climbed the stairs to give him the biggest hugs when the final whistle blew.”

BBC news presenter George Alagiah, who was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in 2014, congratulated Turnbull “for setting an example for all of us in living with this threatening illness. live”.

He tweeted: “A very sad day for the millions of people who have known Bill from TV and for colleagues at the BBC.

“Well done Bill for setting an example for all of us in living with a life-threatening illness. RIPPING OFF”.

Turnbull competed as a contestant in the serious dance competition, partnering Karen Hardy in 2005.

The BBC One programme’s official Twitter account paid tribute, writing: “Sincere condolences to Bill Turnbull’s family and friends.

“A truly brilliant broadcaster turned ballerina when he joined us in the third series of Serious.”

BBC Director General Tim Davie said: “Bill is a journalist and broadcaster who is very much loved and respected – not only by viewers but by all those fortunate enough to work with him.

“He always hit the right tone, no matter the story. Warm, wise, professional and caring, he will be greatly missed by all of us.

“Our thoughts go out to his family and many friends.” BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty and colleagues pay tribute to ‘mentor’ Bill Turnbull

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