Louise Minchin leaving 'BBC Breakfast' after 20 years

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Watch: Louise Minchin announces she is leaving BBC Breakfast

Louise Minchin has announced she is leaving BBC Breakfast after more than 20 years.

The 52-year-old TV presenter - who has worked on the BBC morning show since 2002 - made the announcement live on the show alongside co-presenter Dan Walker, admitting she is ready to give up early mornings and will be stepping down later this year.

Minchin told viewers: "Let me take a deep breath, everybody there is something I want to tell you about.

<p>After 20 years on the BBC's flagship morning news programme, host Louise Minchin has announced that she will be leaving the show later this year.</p>
<p>Credit: @BBCBreakfast via Twitter / BBC</p>
Louise Minchin has announced that she is leaving the BBC breakfast show. (BBCBreakfast via Twitter / BBC)

"It will be this year 20 years since I first presented this programme.

"Since then I've felt part of a huge, enormous BBC Breakfast family which includes everyone who works here, everyone on the team and everyone of you who watches the programme.

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"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.

<p>After 20 years on the BBC's flagship morning news programme, host Louise Minchin has announced that she will be leaving the show later this year.</p>
<p>Credit: @BBCBreakfast via Twitter / BBC</p>
Dan Walker hopes Louise Minchin will enjoy her lie-ins. (BBCBreakfast via Twitter / BBC)

"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.

"And thank you for watching for all these years."

Minchin - who was born in Hong Kong where her army major father was serving at the time - studied journalism at the London College of Communications and also hosted the BBC News at One between 2006 and 2012.

Walker, 44, paid tribute to his co-anchor, tweeting: "As with everything she does... Louise announces her departure from the show with dignity and class. We will all miss her enormously at #BBCBreakfast. She is not only wonderful at her job... she is a great friend. Enjoy your lie-ins @louiseminchin."

Amateur triathlete Minchin - who has guest-hosted The One Show and was runner-up on Celebrity MasterChef in 2016 - revealed back in 2019 that she struggled with negative comments from online trolls.

Louise Minchin has worked on <em>BBC Breakfast</em> for 20 years. (Getty Images)
Louise Minchin has worked on BBC Breakfast for 20 years. (Getty Images)

Minchin wrote in Cheshire Life magazine: “You might think I am oversensitive (I probably am), and need to grow a thicker skin (I probably do), but the truth is I can read a hundred nice comments about me but it will be the nasty one I will remember, try as I might to shrug it off."

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The news presenter married her husband in 1998 and they have two daughters together.

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