Dan Walker is an English journalist who has presented the early-morning news programme, BBC Breakfast, since 2016. After announcing his departure from the show and the announcement of his new job at Channel 5, public interest is growing as to who will be next to sit on the red sofa to address the nation every morning.
The emotional last broadcast with Walker as a presenter aired this morning with him announcing that he will now front Channel 5’s revamped 5 News.
Viewers of the show were saddened by his exit towards the end of this morning's show, tweeting their thanks to Dan, and wishing him luck in his future career.
He stated that he was only able to get ‘two hours and 46 minutes’ of sleep before his last morning on air according to The Sun, presumably due to his farewell from the incredibly well-recognised role he has had for the last 6 years. He currently co-hosts the show with BBC presenter Sally Nugent, who has previously worked on BBC Radio Merseyside.
Many rumours have been surrounding who will replace Dan on the famous red sofa, however the BBC have kept the news undisclosed, and the job advertisement remains open to applications until the 24th May 2022.
Who are the favourites to replace Dan Walker?
According to the Manchester Evening News, Ladbrooke’s favourites to replace Dan Walker are:
- Jon Kay 1-2
- Gethin Jones 7-2
- Mike Bushell 4-1
- Jermaine Jenos 9-2
Favourite to replace Walker as the new co-host of BBC Breakfast is Jon Kay, who has been a part of the breakfast presenting team since 2010 and covers for presenters during their mornings-off. He currently works as a BBC News correspondent for the South-West of the country but also covers more national stories.
The latest BBC salary disclosure stated that Walker earnt ‘between £295,000 and £295,999’ for his role on BBC Breakfast and for his work on Football Focus between 2020 and 2021, according to Manchester Evening News.