Louise Minchin to quit BBC Breakfast after nearly 20 years: Host tells viewers she’s ‘decided to stop setting her alarm for 3.40 in the morning’
- Louise Minchin first presented BBC Breakfast in 2001 in London on the red sofa
- The 52-year-old then moved to Media City in Salford as a lead presenter in 2012
- She will leave later this year and said she will ‘take so many memories with me’
- Mother-of-two appeared visibly emotional as she announced departure today
BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin announced today that she is leaving the programme after almost 20 years on the red sofa.
The 52-year-old host first presented the show in 2001 in London before moving to Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester, as a lead presenter in 2012.
Mrs Minchin, who will leave later this year, said she had ‘decided it is time I stopped setting my alarm for 3:40 in the morning’ but will ‘take so many memories with me’.
Among the major stories she has reported on from the last two decades have been the last three general elections, Brexit and the Manchester Arena bombings.
Mrs Minchin also covered the aftermath of the Bataclan Theatre attacks, live from Paris, and fronted the programme’s Wake Up To Menopause campaign in 2019.
BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin announced today that she is leaving the programme
She tweeted a selfie before today’s show, saying her suit was ‘chosen to match the sunshine’
Her BBC Breakfast co-host Dan Walker tweeted a message of support after the announcement
Other highlights include interviewing Kate Middleton, Sir David Attenborough, Billie Eilish, Jeff Goldblum, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Joanna Lumley.
Mrs Minchin, who has two daughters with husband David, appeared visibly emotional during today’s show as she confirmed that she would be leaving.
She 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 0340 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.
Louise Minchin and her husband David Minchin at London’s Natural History Museum in 2008
Mrs Minchin fronted BBC Breakfast’s Wake Up To Menopause campaign in 2019
Mrs Minchin took up endurance sport after competing in a cycling challenge. She is pictured during the Sport Relief 100-mile desert expedition in Namibia in February 2020
Mrs Minchin has interviewed a series of celebrities, including Stormzy in January 2020
‘A big thank you to everyone who has watched and supported me, I have loved it and I will miss you all.’
She took up endurance sport after competing in a cycling challenge, and has gone onto compete internationally for the GB triathlon team in her age group.
Her BBC Breakfast co-host Dan Walker tweeted: ‘As with everything she does… Louise announces her departure from the show with dignity and class.
‘We will all miss her enormously at BBC Breakfast. She is not only wonderful at her job… she is a great friend. Enjoy your lie-ins, @louiseminchin.’
Actor Stephen Graham, who is currently starring in BBC One prison drama Time, was among the guests who told Minchin she would be missed on the show.
Mrs Minchin appeared on Celebrity Masterchef in June 2016 with Tina Malone and Amy Childs
She has interviewed a range of politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn in December 2019
Mrs Minchin has also presented BBC Breakfast with Charlie Stayt, pictured together in 2012
Louise Minchin with her colleague Jon Sopel on the BBC News 24 set in November 2003
Appearing via video call, he said: ‘Louise, I am devastated you are leaving by the way. Honest to God. You have been a stalwart for the last 20 years. It had been lovely waking up with you in the morning and receiving our news from you.
‘You are a consummate professional and you are amazing at your job. You are wonderful. You brighten up the day.’
BBC Breakfast editor Richard Frediani said: ‘Millions of viewers have regularly woken up with Louise for 20 years and welcomed her and BBC Breakfast into their homes.
‘We will miss her brilliant journalism, good humour and boundless energy. She has been a tremendous BBC Breakfast colleague on and off screen and will always be a friend to the team.’