Who is replacing Louise Minchin on BBC Breakfast?

AFTER nearly two decades of loyalty to BBC Breakfast, Louise Minchin announced on June 8, 2021, that she would leave the show.

She has now left the door open for a new face to co-host the show with Dan Walker. But who could be replacing her?


Louise Minchin is set to leave BBC Breakfast after hosting the morning show for nearly two decades[/caption]

Who is replacing Louise Minchin on BBC Breakfast?

On June 8, 2021 Louise told BBC Breakfast viewers that 2021 will be her last year on the show.

In an emotional statement, she said: “I have absolutely loved being part of the 6 million strong BBC Breakfast family but after nearly two decades presenting the programme, I have decided it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 0340 in the morning.

“A big thank you to everyone who has watched and supported me, I have loved it and I will miss you all.”

Her precise date of departure has yet to be confirmed, much like the new co-host set to replace her on the BBC.

While no name has been made official as of yet, here are a few popular guesses:

Sally Nugent


Sally Nugent (right) is top choice as she has filled in for Sally on BBC Breakfast numerous times[/caption]

Journalist and newsreader Sally has been working for the BBC for 15 years.

She has been filling in for BBC Breakfast’s regular hosts on a freelance basis since November 2011.

When Louise was off in December 2020, she was her replacement.

Sally currently serves as the show’s main relief presenter.

Since 2012 she has also presented the sport bulletins alongside Mike Bushell, positioning her to take over from Louise.

A recent rumour has said that she is well set to replace Louise after receiving two nominations at the National Television Awards.

Piers Morgan


Could Piers Morgan make a return to breakfast telly?[/caption]

Piers is currently a free man, after sensationally quitting GMB.

He also has the experience in presenting breakfast telly.

After Louise revealed she was quitting the show, Piers straight away taunted his nemesis Dan Walker.

He tweeted: “Stop blubbing Dan – I start Monday.

“BBC wanted the guy who beat you in the ratings, and the first same-sex male breakfast presenting team to appease the wokies.”

And as Dan has decided to take some time out from BBC Breakfast, the rumour mill went wild, with some viewers guessing that he would leave the reigns of the show to a brand new host.

Others thought he could be paving the way for his nemesis to take over.

However, Dan recently quote tweeted a BBC Breakfast fan and wrote: “Back soon. Just spending time with the family.”

Eamonn Holmes

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Eamonn Holmes is a veteran of morning TV[/caption]

Due to his long career on morning TV, Eamonn’s hat always gets thrown into the ring.

He shot to fame on ITV’s previous breakfast show GMTV in the 90s and early 00s, before switching to Sky News.

Eamonn is of course well known for hosting This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford.

Bill Turnbull


Bill Turnbull formerly hosted BBC Breakfast with Louise[/caption]

Bill was the main male presenter of BBC Breakfast from 2001 until 2016.

He stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

The veteran broadcaster, who is having ongoing treatment for incurable prostate cancer, could return to fill the space left by Louise, even if it is only temporarily.

Back in 2020, he was asked to fill in for Piers Morgan and sat behind the Good Morning Britain for three days, on February 24, 25 and 26, 2020.

More than a year later, in May, 2021, he was also reunited with his former BBC Breakfast co-host Susanna Reid when he was, once again, asked to host the ITV breakfast show.

He is the latest in the series of hosts filling in for Piers following his shocking exit.

Kay Burley

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Kay Burley is also a name being tipped to take over from Louise[/caption]

Kay was one of the founding presenters of Sky News and has worked on the channel since it launched in 1988.

She spent six months off work after being suspended in December after she admitted breaking coronavirus rules.

Kay returned to Sky on June 8, 2021, but could BBC Breakfast be a fresh start for Kay?

She has a long history as a journalist and has previously worked for the BBC.

Kay worked for BBC local radio and Tyne Tees Television, before joining TV-am in 1985 as a reporter and occasional newsreader.


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