Dan Walker ‘ignored’ Bill Turnbull’s advice after taking over BBC Breakfast role

BBC Breakfast: Dan Walker makes family blunder on show

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has been fronting the news programme since 2016. It comes after veteran broadcaster Bill Turnbull announced his departure from the morning show after 15 years.

The 64-year-old said at the time of his exit “it was a good time to call it a day and try something else”.

Dan has since revealed how the broadcaster left huge shoes to fill.

Despite the 43-year-old’s admiration for Bill, he admittedly swerved the Classic FM DJ’s advice while presenting Breakfast.

Dan explained: “When I took over from Bill – who did the programme for 15 years – he said, ‘I don’t need to give you any advice Dan because I think you’ll be alright. The only thing I would say is to manage your sleep.’

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“I entirely ignored that,” the BBC host added.

Dan explained he often gets to bed too late, despite having to be on-air from six in the morning.

“I go to bed far too late and get up far too early,” Dan remarked.

“The one piece of advice Bill actually gave me I completely ignored. It’s horrendous.”

The dad-of-three stays in touch with Bill, who was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in 2017.

Last year, the former BBC host gave an update on his health following the current lockdown restrictions and explained he is doing well.

Dan said: “I do keep tabs on Bill. You know, the people at BBC Breakfast love him.

“I’m aware that stepping into his shoes is huge.”

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He went on: “Somebody that is absolutely adored by the British public and by everybody who ever watched Breakfast.

“And then they get some numpty in to replace him. But then I love a challenge.”

Dan has worked on BBC Breakfast alongside his co-star Louise Minchin for nearly half a decade.

The TV anchor has said he has no plans to leave and still enjoys presenting the programme.

“If you told me when I started that I would be doing four and a half years, I would have gone, ‘Don’t be daft,'” Dan admitted, before adding: “But I really enjoy it.”

“I love working with Louise [Minchin], I love the mornings and I love the challenge.”

Meanwhile, the BBC host has released his new book Remarkable People: Extraordinary Stories of Everyday Lives, where he recounts inspiring stories of people that he has met throughout his long-standing career.

Remarkable People: Extraordinary Stories of Everyday Lives is available to purchase now.

 

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