Strictly star Dan Walker quits BBC Breakfast after 6 years to join Channel 5 news

Dan Walker has announced he's leaving BBC Breakfast after six years.

The television presenter and former Strictly contestant, who recently had to apologise for a guest swearing at Vladimir Putin live on air, has announced he's leaving to front Channel 5's flagship news bulletin.

Dan revealed the news on Monday 4 April, saying it had been a 'massive decision' for him to leave the BBC after 13 years, after he first joined as BBC's Football Focus in 2009.

In a video posted on Twitter by Channel 5 News, Dan addressed his fans: "Hello, it's Dan here. I have a little bit of news for you. In the next few weeks, I'm going to be leaving BBC Breakfast and moving to 5 News and to Channel 5.

"I'm really excited but this has also been a massive decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast, I love working alongside Sally [Nugent] and I love the team there.

"But Channel 5 came with big ambitions, with big plans and I don't think opportunities like this come around very often and I can't wait."

He continued: "I've also had the incredibly privilege of working on some iconic programmes over the last few years, both at the BBC and elsewhere and what I love about this deal is I not only get to present the news, but also host a whole range of programmes right across the channel."

Dan's move to Channel 5 will see him become the lead anchor of the channel's recently relaunched 5pm bulletin, replacing Dr Sian Williams, who announced she would be stepping down from daily reporting after six years in March.

Dan will be joined by current 5 News presenter Claudia-Liza Vanerpuije.

His move to Channel 5 will see him host a whole slate of new programmes and become a 'friendly face' on the channel, continuing on from his legacy at the BBC.

His choice to leave the BBC is a move that is sure to be a blow for fans of the popular breakfast show.

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Dan has proven a popular figure on the channel for a number of years, including during his turn on Strictly Come Dancing, after joining BBC breakfast six years ago.

Despite lower scores than most of his co-stars, alongside his partner Nadiya Bychkova, 32, who recently split from her fiancé, they made it to the quarter finals.

The pair landed in the dance-off after performing a Tango to Santa Maria by Gotan Project, losing out to eventual finalists AJ Odudu and her partner, Kai Widdrington.

He later told It Takes Two host Rylan Clark: "I've loved every dance we've done and each week has been my favourite."

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