Louise Minchin announces first new project since leaving BBC Breakfast

Louise Minchin is hosting a new podcast after quitting BBC Breakfast in 2021
Louise Minchin is hosting a new podcast after quitting BBC Breakfast in 2021 (Massimiliano Donati/Awakening/Getty Images)

Former BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin has revealed her next career move after quitting morning TV last year.

The popular broadcaster announced she will be hosting the Push Your Peak podcast in an Instagram post, which will see the 53-year-old conduct interviews with “superhumans who have done extraordinary things”.

Push Your Peak is a brand new podcast brought to you by Wattbike,” the former I’m A Celebrity contestant began.

“Join me, Louise Minchin, and some of the world’s most incredible sportspeople to learn what it takes mentally and physically to push yourself beyond your limits.”

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She continued: “Whether you are an elite or everyday athlete, it can be hard to continually progress. How do you push yourself out of your comfort zone? Where do you go to find that inner drive?

"Tune in to hear these inspiring stories and take away the belief that you can achieve your own goals no matter how big or small."

According to Wattbike, the podcast will see Minchin speak with a host of inspiring individuals to “learn what it takes — mentally and physically — to go again (and again)”.

The veteran journalist shared her excitement about the project in another caption as she told fans: “Just to let you know the first episode of my @wattbike podcast #pushyourpeak comes out this Wednesday…

NAMIB DESERT, NAMIBIA - FEBRUARY 26:  Louise Minchin walks across the sand on Day 3 of the Sport Relief challenge: The Heat is On, as the team sets off on February 26, 2020 in the Namib Desert, Namibia. They are teaming up for Sport Relief to take on a 100-mile desert expedition over four days in which they will attempt to traverse the Namib desert in Namibia, Africa by foot, bike and ski (on sand) to reach a shipwreck on the notorious skeleton Coast. (Photo by Leo Francis/Comic Relief via Getty Images)
Louise Minchin taking part in a 100-mile desert expedition in Namibia for Sport Relief in 2020 (Leo Francis/Comic Relief via Getty Images) (Comic Relief via Getty Images)

“I have loved doing these podcasts and have learnt so much for every one of my guests. Thanks to all of them and I hope you enjoy listening to them too.”

The project is described as “a podcast for real athletes who don’t know their limits” and sees the broadcaster return to her interviewing roots after stepping away from BBC Breakfast in September 2021.

The mother-of-two, who had worked on the BBC morning show since 2002, revealed her decision to quit live on the show alongside co-presenter Dan Walker in June 2021.

Louise Minchin (ITV)
Louise Minchin recently appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here (ITV)

Minchin admitted she is ready to give up early mornings as she told viewers: "I've loved being part of it but – there is a but – I've decided that is time that I stop setting my alarm for 3.40am – sometimes if I'm feeling really rebellious 3.46am – in the morning and I'm going to be leaving the programme.

"It's not going to be for a while. But before anything else I wanted to thank everyone that is watching for your loyalty and your support over all those years. I have absolutely loved being part of it and I will really miss it, but it's time now to stop that alarm early in the morning.”

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