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Carol Kirkwood says competition keeps BBC Breakfast 'sharp'

'You want to be on top of your game if there's other people out there'

Carol Kirkwood spoke about BBC Breakfast's rivals. (Getty)
Carol Kirkwood spoke about BBC Breakfast's rivals. (Getty)

Carol Kirkwood says that competition is what keeps BBC Breakfast "sharp".

The show's long-time weather presenter was celebrating BBC Breakfast's 40th anniversary with the Radio Times when she discussed competitors that exist on other networks.

Talking about the UK's two new news channels GB News and TalkTV, Kirkwood said: “I think that's just what's going to happen in future isn’t it?

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"And it's good to have competition, if you want to call it that, because it keeps you sharp."

Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood in the studio as BBC Breakfast celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special show and guests at MediaCityUK, Salford. Picture date: Tuesday January 17, 2023. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Carol Kirkwood presenting the weather on BBC Breakfast. (Getty Images)

She added that she does not have time to watch any of BBC Breakfast's rival shows: "You want to be on top of your game if there's other people out there who are doing the same thing. But because they are on at the same time as me in the morning I don't get to see them.

"So I would be pretending if I said I knew what they were doing, and that's terrible, but really, it's really busy."

Kirkwood also noted that she does not have time to think of any rivalry between BBC Breakfast and Good Morning Britain: "I work by myself, so I'm producing all the graphics and running in and out of the studio and answering the phone and all the rest of it, so I don't even know what the other channel is doing to be honest because I'm too busy.

"So I certainly don't feel it. I don’t know if the others do; you'd have to ask."

(left to right) Charlie Stayt, Carol Kirkwood, Naga Munchetty, Jon Kay, Sally Nugent, Francis Wilson, Debbie Rix and Russell Grant on the red sofa as BBC Breakfast celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special show and guests at MediaCityUK, Salford. Picture date: Tuesday January 17, 2023. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
BBC Breakfast celebrates its 40th anniversary. (Getty Images)

Kirkwood is the longest serving member of the BBC Breakfast team and has appeared on the show since 1997. She had made her weather presenting debut the previous year for The Weather Channel and was trained by the Met Office.

Away from the weather, Kirkwood appeared on the thirteenth season of Strictly Come Dancing where she was partnered with Pasha Kovalev. They were eliminated in week seven.

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