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  • BBC News Presenter Count 2015: BBC Breakfast

    Happy New Year! It’s that time again to look back at the year gone by and evaluate the all-important BNF statistics. Regular readers will know that the editors’ main job is to keep archiving the BBC News Channel’s shifts and bulletins’ presenters and here, we begin with morning staple BBC Breakfast. The 2015 count:

    (1) Naga Munchetty – 140

    Charlie Stayt – 140

    (2) Louise Minchin – 132

    (3) Bill Turnbull – 130

    (4) Sally Nugent – 53

    (5) Jon Kay – 48

    (6) Roger Johnson – 27

    (7) Steph McGovern – 20

    (8) Sian Lloyd – 17

    (9) Christian Fraser – 14

    (10) John Maguire – 10

    (11) Rachel Burden – 6

    (12) Katherine Downes – 1

    Ben Thompson – 1

    Victoria Fritz – 1

    Simon McCoy – 1

    James Longman – 1

    Well, for the first time we have a tie for first place – and between an actual, regular co-anchoring team! With their dividends time-wise paid, Munchetty and State scoop the trophy for the early-birds! Last year, it was Minchin who won with 158 appearances, followed by Stayt (144) and Turnbull (123). For Munchetty to go from fourth place to first, and for these four Avengers of breakfast television to change poll positions so rapidly since July, is remarkable! Nugent takes 53 shows which is respectable considering her position as sports-reader, and Kay accumulates 48. McGovern, in my opinion, deserves more weekend shifts – 20 ain’t enough! This year saw the debut of Maguire and Burden (both: meh) and a surprisingly low figure of 1 for McCoy. Longman, I do believe, can be credited as an on-location presenter, but so can Stayt for many unusual Friday outside sofa appearances! My bet for the future: Munchetty has years ahead of her and she’ll take Minchin’s spot maybe in the next two years. Rookies on the rise: Thompson, Fritz and Fraser.

    Of course, this is Turnbull’s final full year on Breakfast and I for one will be sad to see him go. It’s been tough enough losing Jim Naughtie from the Today programme on Radio 4! Speculating ahead for who fills Turnbull’s shoes: well, it’s common for the BBC to promote from within, but whether Stayt is up for moving to join ex-co-presenter Minchin from Monday to Wednesday remains to be seen. It’s always intrigued me how people can label Stayt and Munchetty #2 when they host the same number of mornings per week! I don’t think moving Stayt will be seen as a promotion – he’s clearly quite comfortable having been at the later end of the week for a good eight years! My money is on Jon Kay, although I would love Simon McCoy for the laughs and rapport which Turnbull will be remembered for, especially in his time with Sian Williams. Dan Walker, however, has turned up this week and hey, he’s looking rather good! This may be a surprise calling for a programme renowned for choosing familiarity over big names (ahem, Good Morning Britain, ahem, Piers Morgan)…

    Coming soon: the 2015 counts for BBC Business Live and Victoria Derbyshire.

    Tom Scudamore,

    BNF’s weekend resident


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