Carol Kirkwood has expressed her sadness over her colleague and dear friend Louise Minchin's decision to leave BBC Breakfast later this year. During a chat with Radio Times, the BBC weather presenter revealed how much the broadcaster will be missed as she hinted at her possible replacement.
"Louise is one of my chums and it's lovely getting to work with her three days a week when she’s in – I will definitely miss her. She’s a big loss," she remarked.
WATCH: Louise Minchin tearfully confirms BBC Breakfast exit
According to Carol, sports reporter Sally Nugent could fill Louise's shoes. "She fills in for Louise now anyway or Naga [Munchetty] but the decision of course, isn’t mine," the 59-year-old explained. "If it was, [I'd pick] Sally, I think. I love Sally."
Although the corporation hasn't confirmed whether a known BBC journalist will take the coveted role, a new job advert was released earlier this month which suggested that the person could be an unfamiliar face.
Louise, 52, first presented BBC Breakfast in 2001 and became a lead presenter in 2012. Dan then took over from Bill Turnbull, one of the main presenters, in February 2016.
Louise Minchin will soon be leaving BBC Breakfast
Speaking about her decision last month, Louise said: "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 03.40 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."
She concluded: "A big thank you to everyone who has watched and supported me, I have loved it and I will miss you all."
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