Louise Minchin confirms the date of her final BBC Breakfast show

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin announced the date of her final BBC Breakfast show on Wednesday morning – revealing she has just six shows left.

Sitting alongside Dan Walker, she confirmed her final show would be on 15 September – with her co-host calculating the exact number, to which Louise responded: ‘Good maths! Not that we’ve both been counting’.

Back in June, the 52-year-old host announced hat she is leaving after almost 20 years on the red sofa. She first presented the show in 2001 in London before moving to Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester, as a lead presenter in 2012.

Louise confessed she was having ‘anxiety dreams’ about her departure, yet confessed she is ‘most looking forward to’ the end of her 3.40am alarms. 

On the move! BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin announced the date of her final BBC Breakfast show on Wednesday morning - revealing she has just six shows left

On the move! BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin announced the date of her final BBC Breakfast show on Wednesday morning – revealing she has just six shows left

She said: ‘That alarm goes off, and I think ‘oh no’, that’s the thing I’m most looking forward to… I’m planning some space to sleep, some really long swims…

‘Of course there’s huge amount of nerves, and I’m having the most extraordinarily vivid anxiety dreams which are keeping me awake, they’re unpublishable!’ 

Louise, who will leave later this year, said she had ‘decided it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 3:40 in the morning’ but will ‘take so many memories with me’.

Among the major stories she has reported on from the last two decades have been the last three general elections, Brexit and the Manchester Arena bombings. 

Gone: Back in June, the 52-year-old host that she is leaving the programme after almost 20 years on the red sofa. She first presented the show in 2001 in London before moving to Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester, as a lead presenter in 2012

Gone: Back in June, the 52-year-old host that she is leaving the programme after almost 20 years on the red sofa. She first presented the show in 2001 in London before moving to Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester, as a lead presenter in 2012

Gone: Back in June, the 52-year-old host that she is leaving the programme after almost 20 years on the red sofa. She first presented the show in 2001 in London before moving to Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester, as a lead presenter in 2012

Detailed: Sitting alongside Dan Walker, she confirmed her final show would be on 15 September - with her co-host calculating the exact number, to which Louise responded: 'Good maths! Not that we've both been counting'

Detailed: Sitting alongside Dan Walker, she confirmed her final show would be on 15 September - with her co-host calculating the exact number, to which Louise responded: 'Good maths! Not that we've both been counting'

Detailed: Sitting alongside Dan Walker, she confirmed her final show would be on 15 September – with her co-host calculating the exact number, to which Louise responded: ‘Good maths! Not that we’ve both been counting’

Louise also covered the aftermath of the Bataclan Theatre attacks, live from Paris, and fronted the programme’s Wake Up To Menopause campaign in 2019.

She said she had ‘lots of really exciting adventures planned’ relating to her passion for endurance sport and is ‘trying to write a book about that’, while continuing with her ‎podcast Her Spirit about the mental and physical benefits of sport and exercise. 

Louise also said she was excited to be ‘having lots of lie-ins’ after leaving BBC Breakfast, which is broadcast from 6am to 9.15am on BBC One each day.

Her BBC Breakfast co-host Dan Walker tweeted a message of support after the announcement in June

Her BBC Breakfast co-host Dan Walker tweeted a message of support after the announcement in June

Her BBC Breakfast co-host Dan Walker tweeted a message of support after the announcement in June

Dan Walker also tweeted a series of pictures this morning of himself and Louise

Dan Walker also tweeted a series of pictures this morning of himself and Louise

Dan Walker also tweeted a series of pictures this morning of himself and Louise

Louise and her husband David Minchin at London's Natural History Museum in 2008

Louise and her husband David Minchin at London's Natural History Museum in 2008

Louise and her husband David Minchin at London’s Natural History Museum in 2008

Among the stars she has interviewed are Sir David Attenborough, Kate Middleton, Billie Eilish, Jeff Goldblum, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Joanna Lumley.

Louise, who has two daughters with husband David, appeared visibly emotional during today’s show as she confirmed that she would be leaving. 

Who could replace Louise Minchin on the BBC Breakfast sofa? 

Sally Nugent

Journalist and newsreader Sally Nugent has been filling in for BBC Breakfast’s regular hosts on a freelance basis since November 2011 and currently serves as the show’s main relief presenter. Since 2012 she has also presented the sports bulletins alongside Mike Bushell, positioning her to take over fromMrs Minchin.

Piers Morgan

Former tabloid editor Piers Morgan’s dramatic departure from ITV rivals Good Morning Britain in March means he is currently without a full-time broadcasting job. In his last week, the programme surpassed the ratings of BBC Breakfast for the first time.

Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull was the main male presenter of BBC Breakfast from 2001 until 2016 when he stepped down to pursue other opportunities, prompting praise from figures including then Prime Minister David Cameron. The veteran broadcaster could return to fill the space left by Mrs Minchin, if only temporarily.

Charlene White

The first black woman to present the ITV News At Ten, Charlene White joined ITN in 2008 after a number of senior positions at the BBC. She became a regular presenter on ITV daytime show Loose Women following the departure of Andrea McLean earlier this year.

Eamonn Holmes

From 2006 until January 2021, Eamonn Holmes co-hosted ITV’s flagship daytime show This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford on Fridays. Since then he has presented during the school holidays only, offering him more time for other opportunities.

Kay Burley

Kay Burley was one of the founding presenters of Sky News and has worked on the channel since it launched in 1988. She has spent the last six months off work after being suspended in September after she admitted breaking coronavirus rules.

Jeremy Vine

With experience across TV and radio, Jeremy Vine may be among the contenders for Mrs Minchin’s role. Best known as the host of his BBC Radio 2 lunchtime news and music programme, he has since September 2018 presented his own Channel 5 daily current affairs show.

She told viewers this morning that she had loved being on the show but ‘it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 3:40’, and is now looking forward to ‘lots of lie-ins’.

Louise added that she would leave ‘some time after the summer’ and would take ‘lots of happy memories’ from her time on the programme.

She said: ‘We’ve had fun times. We’ve had some incredible guests. I love hearing people’s stories, I love being able to tell their stories.’

Asked what she would be doing next, Louise replied: ‘Anybody who watches will be very well aware my passion is endurance sport, and I will absolutely continue to do that. I’ve got lots of really exciting adventures planned. I’m trying to write a book about that as well.

‘And I’ll continue with my podcast, which is all about the mental and physical benefits of sport and exercise. And I’ll be having lots of lie-ins. That’s what I’m most excited about right now.’

The presenter also said in a statement: ‘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.

‘I will take so many memories with me, including reporting on the shock and anguish of the Manchester Arena bombing; starting a national conversation about menopause; and the life-changing moment I took part in the Breakfast Christmas Cycling Challenge which inspired my ongoing passion for endurance sport, which I will continue when I leave.

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

She took up endurance sport after competing in a cycling challenge, and has gone onto compete internationally for the GB triathlon team in her age group.

Her BBC Breakfast co-host Dan Walker tweeted: ‘As with everything she does… Louise announces her departure from the show with dignity and class.

‘We will all miss her enormously at BBC Breakfast. She is not only wonderful at her job… she is a great friend. Enjoy your lie-ins, @louiseminchin.’ 

He also tweeted a series of pictures of himself and Louise, writing: ‘This feels like a break-up. What am I going to do without Louise? Thank you for all the lovely messages after an emotional morning on BBC Breakfast – I’m sure Louise will get to read them all later. My life will be poorer without her on the sofa. She’s the best.’ 

Actor Stephen Graham, who is currently starring in BBC One prison drama Time, was among the guests who told Louiseshe would be missed on the show.

Appearing via video call, he said: ‘Louise, I am devastated you are leaving by the way. Honest to God. You have been a stalwart for the last 20 years. It had been lovely waking up with you in the morning and receiving our news from you.

‘You are a consummate professional and you are amazing at your job. You are wonderful. You brighten up the day.’

BBC Breakfast editor Richard Frediani said: ‘Millions of viewers have regularly woken up with Louise for 20 years and welcomed her and BBC Breakfast into their homes.

‘We will miss her brilliant journalism, good humour and boundless energy. She has been a tremendous BBC Breakfast colleague on and off screen and will always be a friend to the team.’

A series of stars paid tribute to Louise, including Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid who tweeted: ‘Can’t believe you’re finally chucking the alarm clock! Good luck in whatever you do next.’

Louise later wrote: ‘Thank you so much for all of your kind messages, they are much appreciated.’

A series of presenters have already been suggested as replacements for Louise on the red sofa. 

Louise fronted BBC Breakfast's Wake Up To Menopause campaign in 2019

Louise fronted BBC Breakfast's Wake Up To Menopause campaign in 2019

Louise fronted BBC Breakfast’s Wake Up To Menopause campaign in 2019

Louise took up endurance sport after competing in a cycling challenge. She is pictured during the Sport Relief 100-mile desert expedition in Namibia in February 2020

Louise took up endurance sport after competing in a cycling challenge. She is pictured during the Sport Relief 100-mile desert expedition in Namibia in February 2020

Louise took up endurance sport after competing in a cycling challenge. She is pictured during the Sport Relief 100-mile desert expedition in Namibia in February 2020

Louise has interviewed a series of celebrities, including Stormzy in January 2020

Louise has interviewed a series of celebrities, including Stormzy in January 2020

Louise has interviewed a series of celebrities, including Stormzy in January 2020

Louise appeared on Celebrity Masterchef in June 2016 with Tina Malone and Amy Childs

Louise appeared on Celebrity Masterchef in June 2016 with Tina Malone and Amy Childs

Louise appeared on Celebrity Masterchef in June 2016 with Tina Malone and Amy Childs

She has interviewed a range of politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn in December 2019

She has interviewed a range of politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn in December 2019

She has interviewed a range of politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn in December 2019

Louise has also presented BBC Breakfast with Charlie Stayt, pictured together in 2012

Louise has also presented BBC Breakfast with Charlie Stayt, pictured together in 2012

Louise has also presented BBC Breakfast with Charlie Stayt, pictured together in 2012

Louise with her colleague Jon Sopel on the BBC News 24 set in November 2003

Louise with her colleague Jon Sopel on the BBC News 24 set in November 2003

Louise with her colleague Jon Sopel on the BBC News 24 set in November 2003

Among them is Sally Nugent who has been filling in for BBC Breakfast’s regular hosts on a freelance basis since November 2011 and currently serves as the show’s main relief presenter.

Another possible replacement is DailyMail.com editor-at-large Piers Morgan whose dramatic departure from ITV rivals Good Morning Britain in March means he is currently without a full-time broadcasting job. 

A third is Bill Turnbull who was the main male presenter of BBC Breakfast from 2001 until 2016 when he stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

Charlene White, the first black woman to present the ITV News At Ten, could also be in the running. 

She joined ITN in 2008 after a number of senior positions at the BBC and became a regular presenter on ITV daytime show Loose Women.

Another presenter in the running could be Eamonn Holmes. 

From 2006 until January 2021, he co-hosted ITV’s flagship daytime show This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford on Fridays.

Since then he has presented during the school holidays only. 

Kay Burley, who was one of the founding presenters of Sky News and has worked on the channel since it launched in 1988, could also be a replacement.

She has spent the last six months off work after being suspended in September after she admitted breaking coronavirus rules – only returning this week.

And finally Jeremy Vine may also be among the contenders. 

Best known as the host of his BBC Radio 2 lunchtime news and music programme, he has since September 2018 presented his own Channel 5 daily current affairs show.

How Louise Minchin spent her early years in Hong Kong, did a Spanish degree and is married with two girls

Mother-of-two Louise Minchin, 52, has been on BBC Breakfast for nearly 20 years

Mother-of-two Louise Minchin, 52, has been on BBC Breakfast for nearly 20 years

Mother-of-two Louise Minchin, 52, has been on BBC Breakfast for nearly 20 years

Louise Minchin first appeared on BBC Breakfast in 2001 in London and moved with its red sofa to Media City in Salford as a lead presenter in 2012.

The 52-year-old is also a guest presenter for The One Show, appears regularly on Radio 5 Live and has presented Real Rescues, Missing and Crime and Punishment for the BBC.

Mrs Minchin grew up in Hong Kong, where her father was an Army Major, and she lived there until the age of five before moving to Britain and later attending St Mary’s School, Ascot.

She then gained a Spanish degree at St Andrew’s University before training as a radio journalist at The London College of Printing.

Mrs Minchin started her BBC career in the Latin American section of the World Service, and has also been a presenter for the BBC News Channel since 2003 and a regular host of the BBC News at One.

Among the stories she has covered are over the past two decades are the last three general elections, Brexit, the 7/7 London bombings, the capture of Colonel Gaddafi, the BP oil spill and the Manchester Arena bombings.

Mrs Minchin also covered the aftermath of the Bataclan Theatre attacks, live from Paris, and fronted the show’s Wake Up To Menopause campaign in 2019.

She is married to husband David Minchin and they have two daughters.

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