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  • Bill Turnbull leaves Breakfast after 15 years

    Everybody’s favourite Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has made his final appearance on the programme marking an end to his 15 years on the show. Turnbull, 60, joined the show back in 2001 as a weekend presenter before becoming the weekday presenter in 2008.

    Over this past week, Bill has taken us to some of the places that mean that most to him. We’ve seen how he started in journalism career in Glasgow as well as taking us to Wickham Wanderers, Lockerbie and the Peak District before returning to the studio on Friday to join Louise and the rest of the team to say goodbye to us and the 3:34 alarm.

    Tributes were paid to Bill by viewers and co-presenters including Susanna Reid from the Good Morning Britain studios and Sian Williams. How could we forget Bill and Sian’s on screen partnership lasting over a decade? Celebrities including, James Corden, Miranda Hart, the cast of EastEnders also paid tribute alongside the Prime Minister.

    There are many things that we will miss about Bill. His grumpiness, his rubbish jokes, his throwovers to Carol and of course his love for good grammar. But perhaps what we will miss the most is the fact that he is truly a fantastic journalist whose knowledge and wealth of experience cannot be matched.

    As Friday’s programme ended Bill said, “I've always believed it's a privilege to broadcast anywhere on the airwaves; to present this programme though has been a special honour.

    “I've had a wonderful time with my colleagues who've had a lot to put up with over the years. Above all though, thank you for letting me into your home in the morning, whether it's in the kitchen, or the living room, or, as I'm often told, the bedroom.

    “Whether you've been with us for the past 15 years or just this morning, I hope you've found it worthwhile. It certainly has been for me.”

    Although Bill’s departure might seem like the end of the world, one of Breakfast’s best attributes is that the show is not about the presenters but about the content. It’s main aim every day is to provide us with the news and topical stories of the day. It does not bombarde us with personalities like Good Morning Britain does on the other side. The show will continue to outshine its rival.

    Bill’s replacement from Monday is Dan Walker, the presenter of Football Focus and the Afternoon Edition on 5 Live. He would not have been my first choice but Dan is still a very talented broadcaster and performed fairly well when he did a guest stint in the first week of January. I’m sure, in time, he will be a fitting replacement.

    Jack Axford

    Co-editor, BNF


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