BBC’s Sian Williams set to quit Breakfast

Updated on Thursday 5 August 2010 by @TVNewsroom

Breakfast presenter Sian Williams has hinted that she will quit the BBC morning programme following the announcement the show will move to Salford Quays. Miss Williams, who has presented the show since 2001, has said she wants to put the future of her family first.

In two separate interviews, the 45-year-old presenter said she was uncertain whether she could continue to present Breakfast if the programme moved to Greater Manchester. Miss Williams currently has four children at her London home. The move north is expected to clash with one of her children sitting their A-Levels, whilst her youngest child is just over one year old. Her father, recently widowed, also lives in the southeast.

Sources close to the BBC presenter said that was ‘wedded’ to London and felt she could not move outside the capital.

Co-presenter Bill Turnbull and Sports presenter Chris Hollins have also raised questions over the proposed move. Speaking at the weekend, Mr Hollins said ”What is most disappointing is that I don’t think [the move] is an economic decision or an editorial decision; it’s merely a political decision”.

Weekend Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid is also thought to have reservations about the relocation.

Questions have also been raised over whether the programme could still attract top guests if the show moved outside of London.

The BBC announced that Breakfast would move to Salford Quays last month. It is thought that the corporation found that there was greater studio space in the new production site than originally anticipated. Peter Salmon, director of BBC North, said that the decision to relocate Breakfast was “a defining moment in how the show develops”.

Posted in:
Vote 2020 - BBC News Promo (14)

Vote 2020 – BBC News U.S. Election Promo

Carrie Gracie - BBC News Presenter (1)

BBC News presenter Carrie Gracie has announced she’s quit the broadcaster after 33 years. Following Tuesday’s broadcast of Afternoon Live, Carrie tweeted: “#BBC my last day on air. After 33 years, time to do something new. “Proud of a few... Read more

Norman Smith - BBC News Reporter (4)

The BBC’s Assistant Political Editor Norman Smith will leave the corporation today. “Folks… that’s it from me. Thanks for putting up with me over the years. Its been an absolute privilege . I’m off now for some longer, much longer... Read more

BBC's Owain Wyn Evans & Steve Rosenberg play MOTD Theme

BBC journalists Owain Wyn Evans and Steve Rosenberg play the iconic Match of the Day theme on their drums and piano ahead of tonight’s Premier League re-start.

The Papers - BBC News Promo 2020 (15)

The Papers – BBC News Promo 2020