Dan Walker is leaving BBC Breakfast to become Channel 5 news presenter

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Dan Walker will leave the BBC “in the next few weeks” to become the new presenter of Channel 5 News, as the exodus of talent from the public broadcaster continues.

The TV presenter said it was a difficult decision to walk away from the BBC and its morning show. bbc breakfastwhich has been present since 2016.

He said: “I’m very excited, but this has also been a huge decision for me, because I love BreakfastI love working together with Sally [Nugent]and I love the team there.

“But Channel 5 came in with big ambitions, big plans, and I don’t think opportunities like this come along very often, and I can’t wait.”

The terms of Walker’s new deal at the helm Channel 5 News they were not immediately clear, with the presenter among the BBC’s highest-paid stars.

However, Walker teased that as part of the deal, he would “not only host the news, but also host a wide range of new shows across the channel.”

Replaces Sian Williams, herself a former BBC presenter hired by ITN to present Channel 5 Newswho leaves office after six years.

He said: “What an honor to step into the shoes of Sian Williams. I know how popular he is with both the team and the audience, so all I can say is that I will do my best to keep his standards incredibly high.”

In a message to Walker, Williams said: “I know what it is to go from bbc breakfast couch to the Channel 5 newsroom, I loved it and I think you will too. Have fun and good luck.”

Walker is one of the BBC’s best-known presenters, having previously hosted soccer spotlight from 2009 to 2021 and also working on Radio 5 Live. Last year she competed in Strictly come to danceplacing fifth.

Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova during rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing (Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire)

He was also among the highest paid in the corporation, earning £295,000 a year to host bbc breakfastaccording to the BBC’s public salary disclosures.

Many of the BBC’s biggest stars have chosen to retire in recent months, with a license fee freeze imposed on the corporation by Nadine Dorries, the Culture Secretary, likely to mean belt-tightening at a time when rival broadcasters are spending the money. in an attempt to strengthen their offers.

news night’Emily Maitlis and BBC North America editor Jon Sopel left the BBC together in February to launch a new podcast on rival audio Global. Andrew Marr has also stepped away from the BBC after 21 years to host a radio show on LBC, also owned by Global, which is believed to have made lucrative pay deals to entice BBC stars.

Radio presenters Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode wrapped up their long-running BBC movie review show last week, only to announce a new TV and movie review podcast, to be launched worldwide via Sony. Music.

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