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BBC Breakfast presenter Jon Kay ‘gutted’ to miss his first day as Dan Walker’s replacement

BBC Breakfast's new permanent host Jon Kay has been forced to miss his first day in his new job due to Covid.Jon has replaced Dan Walker as the mornin

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BBC Breakfast’s new permanent host Jon Kay has been forced to miss his first day in his new job due to Covid.

Jon has replaced Dan Walker as the morning show’s presenter but revealed he was ‘gutted’ not to be on screen with Sally Nugent on Monday’s show. 

The 52-year-old was only confirmed as Walker’s replacement last week, but Nina Warhurst was forced to step in on Monday alongside Nugent – who replaced Louise Minchin as permanent host in 2021.

MIA: BBC Breakfast’s new permanent host Jon Kay has been forced to miss his first day in his new job due to Covid (pictured with co-star Sally Nugent last week) 

Jon tweeted a photo of his positive lateral flow test on Sunday evening, writing: ‘Aaaagh! Finally got me Gutted not to be able to start the new job officially @BBCBreakfast on Monday.’

Tagging BBC Breakfast editor Richard Frediani, he added: ‘I guess working from home isn’t really an option?’

His predecessor Dan was one of the many to comment, writing: ‘Oh no Jon! Hope you feel ok.’

Jon’s BBC Breakfast co-host Naga Munchetty added: ‘Argh! Hope you’re not feeling too poorly x.’

'Gutted': Jon tweeted a photo of his positive lateral flow test on Sunday evening, writing: 'Aaaagh! Finally got me'

'Gutted': Jon tweeted a photo of his positive lateral flow test on Sunday evening, writing: 'Aaaagh! Finally got me'

‘Gutted’: Jon tweeted a photo of his positive lateral flow test on Sunday evening, writing: ‘Aaaagh! Finally got me’

Jon announced he was replacing Dan, who hosted the morning show since 2016, on Friday. The Hull-born presenter will be on screens from Monday to Wednesday. 

He said on Friday: ‘I’m over the moon to become the new regular presenter of BBC Breakfast and I’m looking forward to bringing our brilliant viewers the very latest news each morning alongside my good friend Sally (Nugent) and the rest of the team.

‘Sitting on the famous red sofa is a real privilege while covering the stories and issues that matter to our audience – home and abroad.’

Following his exit from the BBC, Walker replaced Sian Williams presenting 5 News, after she announced she was stepping down in April. 

Gone: Jon has replaced Dan Walker as the morning show's presenter after the star left the BBC to present 5 News after six years earlier in 2022

Gone: Jon has replaced Dan Walker as the morning show's presenter after the star left the BBC to present 5 News after six years earlier in 2022

Gone: Jon has replaced Dan Walker as the morning show’s presenter after the star left the BBC to present 5 News after six years earlier in 2022

Support: Dan was one of the many to comment on Jon's Covid test snap writing: 'Oh no Jon! Hope you feel ok'

Support: Dan was one of the many to comment on Jon's Covid test snap writing: 'Oh no Jon! Hope you feel ok'

Support: Dan was one of the many to comment on Jon’s Covid test snap writing: ‘Oh no Jon! Hope you feel ok’

Jon Kay’s stellar career so far 

 The 52-year-old presenter and newsreader has covered for Dan Walker multiple times on BBC Breakfast.

His career kicked off at the BBC as a trainee local reporter in 1993, as he worked for a local radio station.

Jon then started his first full-time job at BBC Bristol.

He first joined the BBC Breakfast team in 2010.

Since then, he has been the BBC’s south and west of England correspondent as well as foreign correspondent, working in places like Los Angeles and Washington DC.

 

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Alongside Jon’s new role for the BBC, the corporation also announced on Friday that Victoria Derbyshire will join Newsnight as joint lead presenter. 

Derbyshire will join  the Newsnight team in September, following the departure of Emily Maitlis who had anchored the current affairs programme since 2006.

‘I am so delighted to be joining the legend that is Kirsty Wark and the talented Newsnight team under new and ambitious leadership,’ the presenter said in a statement.

‘This is a special opportunity to take on one of the best jobs in British journalism and help shape the programme’s future. I can’t wait to champion more stories about people’s lives while holding those who represent them to account.’

Derbyshire’s eponymous daily current affairs programme was axed by the BBC in January 2020 as part of a string of cuts at the broadcaster.

An online petition calling for the corporation to reverse its decision received more than 50,000 signatures that month.

Since then, Derbyshire has presented across various BBC News services.

The Newsnight permanent team now comprises Derbyshire and Kirsty Wark as lead presenters, with Faisal Islam continuing to present regularly.

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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