Shock for viewers as extremely popular and major BBC star quits

Dan Walker has quit BBC Breakfast to join Channel 5.

The 45-year-old announced the news on Twitter and said that it had been a hard decision after a 13-year career at the BBC. 

However, he explained that he had been faced with an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Appearing in a video on Twitter, shared by Channel 5 News, he told viewers: “Hello, it’s Dan here. I have a little bit of news for you. In the next few weeks, I’m going to be leaving BBC Breakfast and moving to 5 News and to Channel 5. 

“I’m really excited but this has also been a massive decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast, I love working alongside Sally [Nugent] and I love the team there. 

“But Channel 5 came with big ambitions, with big plans and I don’t think opportunities like this come around very often and I can’t wait.

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