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  • Sian Williams leaves the BBC to join 5 News

    The BBC’s Sian Williams is to leave the corporation after 30 years. The 50 year old news presenter is joining 5 News replacing Emma Crosby who is leaving the channel at the end of this month.

    Williams was best known for presenting BBC Breakfast for eleven years mainly alongside Bill Turnbull - the best on-screen partnership the programme has had. She was also a regular presenter of the BBC News at Six as well as occasionally presenting the One and Ten.

    After leaving Breakfast back in 2012, she completed a masters degree in Psychology with the aim of assisting other journalists who have reported on difficult stories. For a while she hosted Saturday Live on Radio 4 and since 2014, she has presented the religious and current affairs programme Sunday Morning Live.

    Sian’s decision to leave the BBC has come as quite a surprise especially because she has previously stated that the BBC is in her blood. Nethertheless, she is a very experienced presenter capable of presenting more or less any programme so there is no doubt that she will flourish in the role.

    In a statement she said, “I’ve always admired ITN’s approach to news and 5 News’ output, both domestic and international, is consistently high quality and accessible. With Channel 5 pledging to boost its coverage even further, it’s a terrific opportunity and an exciting challenge to join this talented and impressive team.”

    Jack Axford

    Co-editor, BNF

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