Sheffield-based broadcaster lands co-presenter role on national news TV programme

Sheffield-based sports presenter Dan Walker has been announced as the new co-presenter of BBC News.

Wednesday, 10th February 2016, 10:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th February 2016, 12:41 pm
Dan Walker

Walker, of Hunters Bar, who studied journalism in Sheffield and began his career in the city, currently hosts Afternoon Edition on BBC Radio 5 Live and Football Focus on BBC One.

The 38-year-old said he was ‘thrilled’ to join the BBC’s daily morning news programme as Bill Turnbull’s successor.

Turnbull announced in September that he was leaving the programme after 15 years.

Walker, who studied for an MA in journalism at the University of Sheffield, began his broadcasting career with work experience at Hallam FM after winning a competition for young sports commentators.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the BBC Breakfast team. I have watched the show avidly over the years and am even looking forward to setting my alarm clock and doing what I can to make it even more successful.

“It is an honour to be given this opportunity and to follow in the footsteps of someone like Bill Turnbull.

“The man has significant shoes to fill, so I hope I can do as good a job as he did waking up the nation.”

Walker will take his place on BBC Breakfast’s red sofa Monday to Wednesday, alongside Louise Minchin.

Turnbull’s last day will be Friday February 26, with Walker taking over his spot on the sofa on Monday February 29.

Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty will continue to present the programme from Thursday to Saturday.

BBC Breakfast editor Adam Bullimore said: “Dan is an experienced journalist and presenter who will be a fantastic addition to the brilliant BBC Breakfast presenting team.

“He’s well used to handling breaking news and the challenges live TV can pose. We’re looking forward to him joining us on our sofa.”