BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin has announced she is to leave the BBC after almost 20 years.
Minchin first presented the BBC Breakfast in 2001 and became the show’s lead presenter in 2012 when the programme moved to MediaCity in Salford.
She told viewers she had “loved” being on the show but “it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 03:40”.
She started work for Radio 5 Live in 1998 and presented many of the station’s main programmes, including Drive and Breakfast.
Between September 2003 and April 2012, she was a regular BBC News Channel presenter, initially working alongside Jon Sopel from 7pm to 10pm.
Minchin then presented the 2pm to 5pm slot, also with Sopel, sharing this shift with Emily Maitlis.
In 2006 and 2007, Minchin was a relief presenter on BBC Breakfast while Kate Silverton covered for main anchor Sian Williams. After Williams returned, she continued to co-host the programme, and from May 2009 until April 2012 was the regular weekend presenter of the show.
In December 2011 the BBC announced that Minchin would replace Williams as a main presenter of BBC Breakfast along with Bill Turnbull and Charlie Stayt when the programme moved to Salford.
On Monday 26th June 2023, BBC Breakfast begun broadcasting from a new studio with new on screen graphics. Weather and sports updates will also come from the new studio in Salford.
On Tuesday 17th January 2023, BBC Breakfast celebrated 40 years on air. Former presenters and guests appeared on the programme to look back at 40 years of Breakfast TV on the BBC.
Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has died at the age of 66. He hosted the show for 15 years, in both London and later Salford, and also fronted Songs of Praise and game show Think Tank. In 2018, he...