He’s just stepped out of his role after saying his on-air farewell on Tuesday, but Dan Walker’s job on BBC Breakfast is already up for grabs. Things got emotional as the presenter hosted on the famous red sofa for the last time, live from MediaCity.
Dan announced his exit from the show after six years early last month and revealed he would make his way to host Channel 5’s revamped 5 News replacing Sian Williams.
On his last show, the 45-year-old was treated to a throwback to his best BBC Breakfast bits before reuniting with Louise Minchin, who he spent much of his time with on the BBC One programme. The program’s tribute also featured a guest appearance from her Strictly Come Dancing partner Nadiya Bychkova. And towards the end of the show, Dan gave a heartfelt speech at the end of his BBC Breakfast stint.
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But while Dan woke up this morning without having to travel to Salford studios, someone else may find themselves following in his footsteps. The BBC has released the job description for the next BBC Breakfast chief presenter as it seeks a replacement for Dan. Program editor Richard Frediani said he was looking for “an outstanding presenter” for the UK’s number one breakfast show.
The advert, available online on the BBC, says BBC Breakfast is looking for a Chief Presenter to work alongside Sally Nugent, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt in a role that aims to inform and entertain viewers and the BBC says a presenter on BBC Breakfast must have the knowledge and confidence to tackle the main stories of the day.
Although no exact salary is given, the pay bracket is FP, which is a top-tier salary for the most experienced on-air presenters, according to the National Audit Office. Band F salaries at the BBC range between £60,000 and £110,000, so the successful candidate can expect a decent salary for their efforts.
The successful candidate will also have a work rate of approximately three days per week – normally Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in a 26.25 hour work week, and will be based in Media City.
The job posting states that the successful candidate will be able to broadcast to mass audiences and be as comfortable discussing popular culture and real-life issues as they are politics and Of actuality. The job description reads: “You will be authoritative and experienced and able to handle breaking news, while being warm, entertaining and able to provide our viewers with great company to build a daily viewing habit. In this role, the Presenter must demonstrate its ability to connect and reflect the diversity of the UK.”
The closing date for the role is May 24, 2022. Prior to Dan’s exit, fellow BBC star Jon Kay was the favorite to replace him. The journalist, 52, is the South West Correspondent for BBC News and often plays the lead role as host on BBC Breakfast.