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  • Breakfast’s Bill Turnbull to leave show after 15 years

    The 59 year old presenter Bill Turnbull is set to leave BBC Breakfast in January next year after 15 years with the show. Turnbull has decided to step aside to spend more time with his bees with he says he has been “neglecting” for far too long.

    Earlier this week he told the Mirror: “I agreed to come North for two years and it went so well I agreed to do another two years.

    “That is coming to an end - by that time I will have been doing the show for nearly 15 years which is more than enough for me and the audience.

    “So it is a good time to call it a day and do something else. It was a long term decision.

    “I could see this coming up, and it was always the plan. I’ll leave early next year.

    “There is some sadness, but no regrets.”

    Bill first started presenting Breakfast in 2001 as a weekend presenter before moving to the weekday slot in 2008. Over the years he has presented with several co-presenters including Sian Williams, Sarah Montague, Mishal Husain, Susanna Reid and of course Louise Minchin. However, it is fair to say that his best on screen partnership was with Sian – they were the glory days of modern day breakfast television. Before working on the show he worked as a presenter on News 24 and as Washington Correspondent.

    The loss of Bill for the programme will be tough to take. He is a hugely popular presenter who brings the perfect balance needed for morning television. The warmth and personality he provides everyday has made him a much loved presenter. Bill will continue to appear on our screens from time to time and will remain as a presenter of Songs of Praise.

    One of the strongest assets that Breakfast has is its very large presenter pool. The content of the programme is also very good which means that the show can bring in another presenter without causing much disruption. It will be highly likely that his replacement will be a person who already presents regularly on the show. Charlie Stayt is going to be the person most likely to take over from Bill.

    Breakfast will need to bring in a new regular male presenter to host the show in the second half of the week and I would be surprised that it wasn’t either Jon Kay, Roger Johnson or Simon McCoy who all often stand in for Bill or Charlie when they are unavailable to present. Out of these three the best replacement would be Jon Kay who has been with the show since 2009. He also has a fantastic on screen partnership in Naga Munchetty. His appearances just this week show us that he is more than ready to become a permanent presenter.


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