Why Sally Nugent was missing from BBC Breakfast amid big changes

Sally Nugent
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BBC Breakfast viewers were left confused this morning when they noticed that presenter Sally Nugent was absent from the show. She is normally on the red sofa every Monday morning but from today, the broadcaster has adopted a big change.

The reason for her absence was explained by fellow presenter Jon Kay, who shared that Sally will be presenting the new News at One from Salford. The lunchtime news will be presented live from its new home for the first time on Monday.

Sally was missing from most of the show today, but she did appear to pay tribute to her friend Rob Burrow. The rugby league star died at the weekend following a battle with MND.

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She added: "They had been so looking forward to his retirement. They had so many plans, and what I love about Rob is he loved going to soft play with the kids. He would leave early because he wanted to be with the kids.

"That is what drove him, that is what motivated him. His family. The diagnosis came horribly quickly after he retired. He invited us in as his most vulnerable moments and he went on living a life. He refused to stay inside, and hide away."

The move to Salford makes the News at One the first daily network TV news bulletin outside London, and it will be an hour long rather than 30 minutes, WalesOnline reports. The news was first announced last year.

BBC News presenters will front the News at One from Salford including: Ben Brown, Anna Foster, Tina Daheley, Jon Kay and Sally, who will present the first edition. The programme will be extended to one hour and will include a section for regional news.

John McAndrew, director of news programmes, said: "Moving the News at One to Salford to join BBC Breakfast delivers on our commitments to provide a news service that serves and reflects all communities across the UK, and support local talent and creative economies beyond London.

"The extended bulletin will bring the best of BBC News to a daytime audience - building on the success of the current bulletin and ensuring viewers have the best BBC reporting and analysis."