BBC Breakfast Louise Minchin’s replacement confirmed as Sally Nugent
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BBC Breakfast has officially announced Louise Minchin's replacement as presenter as regular host Sally Nugent.
Sally has been making regular appearances across from Dan Walker since Louise made the decision to retire from the programme after more than 20 years.
She will now officially take up the mantle from Monday to Wednesday with immediate effect, working alongside Dan Walker, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt.
Speaking about her appointment as regular host, Sally commented: "I’m absolutely thrilled to become the new presenter of BBC Breakfast and bring the nation the latest news, top entertainment guests and stories that matter every week.
"It’s an honour to take the reins from Louise and be part of the UK’s most watched breakfast show."
Richard Frediani, the editor of BBC Breakfast, added: "Sally has an impressive track record as an award winning broadcast journalist and has secured a series of high profile exclusive interviews in recent years.
"We are delighted to have her take her new permanent place in the studio alongside Dan, Charlie and Naga."
Following the announcement, Sally also took to Twitter to share the news, writing: "Delighted to confirm I’m joining @mrdanwalker permanently as co-presenter of @BBCBreakfast. Working with the best team in the business."
Congratulations from fans quickly began to pour in, with one writing: "Congratulations Sally! Your coverage on Motor Neurone Disease has been outstanding!"
"Congratulations, richly deserved. The interviews you did with @MarcusRashford and @Rob7Burrow to raise awareness about such important causes have set you apart from other journalists/broadcasters. I wish you well for the future," another followed up.
While a third fan echoed: "Congratulations on your promotion!! You are always professional, cool headed and most importantly fun! Louise left big shoes to fill. No need for ‘good luck’, you got this!"
Birkenhead-born Sally began her broadcast career at BBC Radio Merseyside, before going on to work for BBC News and North West Tonight.
She has been a sports presenter on BBC Breakfast for nearly a decade.
It comes after Louise made the emotional announcement that she would be leaving the red sofa behind after more than two decades earlier this year.
In an emotional statement on the show, Louise said: "It is time I stopped setting my alarm for 03:40" – and she's now looking forward to "lots of lie-ins".
Her co-star and Strictly Come Dancing fan-favourite Dan Walker paid a similarly poignant tribute on social media after hearing the news, as he tweeted: "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 #BBCBreakfast – 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."
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