BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker is leaving the program to join Channel 5 News.
The station, which previously presented Football Focus from 2009 to 2021, has hosted the morning show since 2016.
He will replace Sian Williams to present 5 News after Williams announced she was stepping down earlier this month.
In a video shared on Twitter, Walker said it was a “massive decision” to leave breakfast, adding, “I don’t think opportunities like this come along very often.”
He had previously hosted breakfast with Louise Minchin, who departed in September 2021.
She was replaced by Sally Nugent, whose appointment was announced the following month.
Walker said: “I have some 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 big decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast, I love working with Sally and I love the team there.
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“But Channel 5 came with big ambitions, big plans and I don’t think opportunities like this come around very often and I can’t wait.
“I’ve also had the incredible privilege of working on some iconic programs over the past few years, both at the BBC and elsewhere.
“And 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.
“And what an honor to be following in Sian Williams’ footsteps. I know how popular she is with both the team and the audience, so all I can say is that I will do my best to keep her incredibly high standard.
“Thanks for watching and we’ll see you on a TV screen somewhere soon.”
Walker took part in the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing and revealed he signed on for the show to do some “fun” and have a “giggle” after reporting on difficult news during the pandemic.
Cait FitzSimons, Editor of 5 News, said: “I am delighted with Dan’s decision to join 5 News.
“We pride ourselves on the deep connection we have with our viewers across the country and this is a key strength of Dan’s, helping to secure his place as one of the UK’s best and most loved broadcasters.
“I look forward to working with him to build on the success of our new hour-long program and find more ways to tell stories that touch the lives of viewers across the country.”
Ben Frow, Director of Content at Paramount UK, Channel 5’s parent company, said: “The addition of Dan Walker to the channel demonstrates that Channel 5 attracts leading talent.
“Dan is a well respected broadcaster and we look forward to not only having him front man 5 News, but bringing his experience to the programming of Channel 5 as we continue to develop and scale up our production.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/dan-walker-to-leave-bbc-breakfast-for-channel-5-news-41519572.html Dan Walker leaves BBC Breakfast for Channel 5 News