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Dan Walker says he’s ‘not leaving’ BBC Breakfast as he talks contracts

Dan Walker has fronted BBC Breakfast for five years, a career move he didn't see lasting after moving from jobs just after the 18 months mark.

Now the broadcaster has revealed that he has no intentions of vacating his seat on the famous red sofa.

As BBC Breakfast approaches its 20th anniversary, Dan, 43, has opened up about everything from being thrown in at the deep end, reporting some of the biggest stories as well as gushing over his co-presenter, Louise Minchin.

Speaking about his time on the show which is filmed at MediaCityUK in Salford, Dan told The Mirror: "When I started, if you had said to me, 'You'll be doing this job in five years,' I'd have gone, 'No chance'."

He went on to add: "Football Focus I've done for a long time, but that job changes all the time, so it feels very different.

"But mostly I've only really been places 18 months, and then I've moved on. It's a great gig, and I love it. And from day one Louise made the job really easy."

The dad-of-three went on to say that he wouldn't have stayed in the job had it not been for his co-star.

"I wouldn't have done it for as long and enjoyed it for this long without being able to sit next to somebody like her. I've learned an awful lot from her."

When probed about his future on the show, Dan revealed: "My contract is continuing, so I'm not going yet."

Since taking his place on the show, Dan has covered some of the countries biggest topics, including the European Union referendum and the coronavirus pandemic.

He said that in recent years, the role has become more "intense" with the presenters facing a lot more scrutiny.

"The whole population have been talking about what we're talking about," he said.

When addressing social media trolling, he added that he always has a "little nibble," when the programme or its employees are accused of something, as he believes its important to "defend" the show.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One from 6am.

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