Dan Walker is leaving the BBC amid a string of high-profile departures

Dan Walker has revealed he is the latest star to leave the BBC after a string of high-profile departures for the channel.

he TV star, who has hosted BBC Breakfast since 2016, is moving to 5 News on Channel 5, replacing Sian Williams.

In a video message on Twitter, Walker said it was a “massive decision” because he loves the breakfast show, but added it was a rare opportunity and he “can’t wait.”

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Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis after announcing they are leaving the BBC to join media group Global (Global/PA)

The announcement marks the BBC’s latest departure following the loss of Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis and former North American editor Jon Sopel.

In February, the two announced they would be hosting a new podcast for Global Players, a collaborative radio show on LBC, and providing commentary and analysis for the station’s website.

Maitlis joined the BBC in 2001 and has hosted Newsnight since 2006 and won a Royal Television Society award for her interview with Prince Andrew in 2019, while Sopel joined the channel in 1983.

Similarly, veteran journalist Andrew Marr announced last November that he was joining Global after 21 years at the BBC.

Marr joined the company in May 2000 as a political editor and later ran his own Sunday morning show for 16 years.

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The 62-year-old said he’s moving to Global as it gives him a “new freedom” to do “fast, very regular political journalism on LBC with no filters”.

In February 2020, former deputy political editor John Pienaar announced he was leaving the BBC after almost three decades to join Times Radio.

Later that year, The Andrew Neil Show was one of the casualties of the BBC cuts after the channel announced it would cut £800m in 2016, with around £80m of that figure coming from news.

Neil later announced he would be the face and chairman of GB News, signaling the end of his relationship with the BBC, where he was one of the most respected political interviewers.

The former Sunday Times editor has since resigned from GB News and has announced he will be hosting a new Sunday night political program for Channel 4.

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