Sian Williams and Chris Hollins have confirmed that they will leave BBC Breakfast when the show moves to Salford next year.
Neither of the stars want to relocate or commute from London each week and the BBC has revealed that only 46% of staff working on the morning show will take part in the move to MediaCity UK.
In a statement about her decision Williams 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.”
Chris Hollins also cited family reasons for not making the move but both stars will remain on the show until the move.
The show’s editor Alison Ford said: “It is great news that lots of the team will be coming to Salford with the programme next year. We always knew there would be those who wouldn’t be able to make the move for domestic reasons, but we’ll have a really strong line-up of producers and presenters working together in MediaCityUK. We’re enjoying huge success at the moment and I’m confident that’s going to continue for years to come.”
Broadcasting over three hours of live television every day on BBC One and the News Channel, Breakfast will be the first BBC television network news programme produced and broadcast from outside London. It is the UK’s most watched morning TV programme, with a daily reach of around seven million and a weekly reach of around 12 million.
“The move of Breakfast is another important step in marking the BBC’s commitment to expand its presence beyond London,” commented Helen Boaden, Director, BBC News. “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.”