Williams, Hollins Quits BBC Breakfast

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BBC Breakfast presenters, Sian Williams and Chris Hollins, will not move to Salford next year.

Both decided for personal reasons not to make the move.

Sian said “‘Sadly, family reasons mean I can’t move to Salford with the programme next year. My son will be in the middle of A-level exams, another will have just started school and our family also needs to be close to elderly parents in the South East.

”I’ve been very privileged to spend the past decade on the sofa as the viewers’ representative, asking the questions they want answered, whether it’s to the Prime Minister or a Hollywood film star, and I’m looking forward to using those skills in fresh challenges elsewhere in the BBC.”

46 per cent of the BBC Breakfast team, including presenters Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid, have confirmed that they will move to Salford Quays in Spring 2012.

Helen Boaden, Director, BBC News said: “The move of Breakfast is another important step in marking the BBC’s commitment to expand its presence beyond London

“I am delighted that so many staff have decided to make the journey with a programme that is one of the great success stories of the past 10 years. I am sure it will go from strength to strength in its new home.”

The BBC announced last year that its flagship early morning breakfast show would be broadcasting from the MediaCityUK complex from 2012.

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  • Anne arundale

    Why on earth move a breakfast programme when there is nothing wrong with it ! I will certainly miss Sian when the programme changes venue Sian and Bill have a great rapport and that’s what you need at 6am every morning. Maybe unwillingly the time has come to move to sky news breakfast ! Sian will be missed very much !

  • katy

    Sorry about Sian I really like her but good riddance to Hollins, can’t stand his smug face and his squeaky voice. There are far better sports presenters and I look forward to fresh faces.

  • Monnica Wilby

    Breakfast will not be the same without Sian. She has such a great rapport with Bill.

    I shall also miss Chris with his cheery Sports presentation.

  • Louise

    I wish Bill would go and not Sian – he’s a blabbering idiot!

    Sky News all the way!

  • loewarner

    To be honest I dont really watch BBC Breakfast but I do know that Sian is very good at her job and the BBC are shooting themselves in the foot by moving upo north. Who will want to go for an interview in Manchester then hop on in the car and promote programs filmed in london. The BBC is awful especially at news. Sky News is best!!!!!!