Dan Walker is expected to join the Channel 5 news team shortly after leaving the BBC breakfast team
Dan Walker has revealed he’s been checking out the Channel 5 News studios, where he’ll be starting a job soon.
the previous Be sure to come dance star told fans on Twitter that he gave a glimpse of his future workplace just days after he last hosted the BBC Breakfast.
Walker presented BBC Breakfast for the last time on Tuesday May 17, six weeks after he posted a video to Twitter to tell fans he had made the “massive decision” to leave BBC Breakfast after six years and moving to Channel 5 to replace Sian Williams.
So when will Walker start presenting Channel 5 News, what other Channel 5 shows will he present and why has he left the BBC?
Here’s what you need to know.
When will Dan Walker start presenting on Channel 5?
Channel 5 has not yet announced when Walker will start presenting his news show.
Walker posted on his personal twitter page on Monday May 23 to say he had been looking around his “new TV home”.
He said they all seemed “lovely.”
He followed up with another video on Tuesday May 24, in which he said he knew when he would officially start at Channel 5 News but couldn’t say when that would be.
He said: “The first few days at the new job and it’s quite nice here. They are all lovely. I looked around the studio [and] met everyone in the office.
“Also, I logged my new email into the system, which is always exciting, and was immediately thrown into the dark because I got an email saying I was a security risk. Once that’s resolved, I’ll be able to send emails from my new account.
“A lot of people ask when I actually start. I can’t tell you. I know, but I’ll have to wait until it’s officially announced and then I can wahoo and look forward to seeing you on TV.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I miss everyone at the BBC but this is a new life now. See you soon.”
Channel 5 News is between 5pm and 6pm every weekday.
What Channel 5 programs will Dan Walker present?
In the video, Walker confirmed that he will be presenting Channel 5 News.
He said: “I’m really excited but this was also a big decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast. But Channel 5 came with big ambitions, big plans and I don’t think opportunities like this come along very often and I can’t wait.”
The former Football Focus presenter went on to say that in addition to 5 News, he will also be presenting other programs on the channel.
He said, “What I love about this deal is that not only can I present the news, but I can also host a whole host of new programs across the channel.”
No further details have been released about what these programs will be.
Why did Dan Walker leave the BBC?
On Monday, April 11, he said: “It is often the case that the plain truth is much more boring than all the made-up ‘moles’ and so-called ‘sources’ claim.
“In short … a man with a really good job that he loved was offered a really good job somewhere else that offered an amazing new challenge and a chance to do exciting television.
“The guy explained to his current employers that although it was a difficult decision, he had decided to leave.
“They are now trying their best to give him a dignified exit. Nice Monday. I’m going for a toast.”
Walker also told his co-host Sally Nugent that he was “never money-motivated” in any job he’s had while presenting one of his final shows in April 2022.
Who will replace Dan Walker on the BBC?
Many presenters have been advised to replace Walker on the BBC breakfast sofa, including faces already familiar from the programme.
However, the BBC has yet to make an official announcement as to who will take on the coveted role.
The BBC has published a job advert for a breakfast presenter – suggesting the job may not be taken by someone already working at the BBC – although fans and bookies believe it’s more likely that a current BBC presenter will be given the post .
Jon Kay joined the Breakfast hosting team in 2010 and has always stepped in to host the show when the regular presenters are unavailable.
Speaking live on air during his latest BBC breakfast show, Walker said he had “no idea” who would take over.
He added, “I hope they care about the programming, I hope they care about the people they work with and I hope they care about the viewers too.”
Other names rumored to be set to replace Walker include Ben Thompson, Mike Bushell and Nina Warhurst, alongside other BBC breakfast faces AJ OduduLaura Tobin, Jermaine Jenas and Matt Baker.
Anyone wishing to apply for the position has until May 24 to apply. Visit the BBC careers website for more information.
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