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BBC Breakfast duo 'holding it back'

BBC Breakfast hosts Sian Williams and Bill Turnbull are developing an "anti-crying" strategy ahead of her final appearance on the show.

Sian, who is leaving the early morning show before its move from London to Salford, was named newscaster/reporter of the year at the Tric Awards. Speaking backstage at the central London event, she said she probably would not watch BBC Breakfast after she left but added that it would be down to her children.

She said: "At the moment there is a battle on in the house anyway between whether they watch their mum on the programme or whether they watch CBeebies, and to be honest CBeebies always wins."

Sian said she was "hoping to hold it back" on Thursday but admitted it could get emotional.

She said: "Bill told me he's not going to look at me for the last half-hour of the programme.

"You know what it's like when you can look at each other and laugh and we have the same ability to make each other cry. He said to me , 'what's our anti-crying strategy', because we've got an anti-giggling strategy.

"So we are working on an anti-crying strategy and we have to work it out from now to Thursday morning. We've got that time to work on how not to cry."

Other winners at the awards were The Only Way Is Essex which won satellite/digital programme of the year, Chris Evans who won digital radio personality of the year, and EastEnders which won soap of the year.

There was a posthumous award for Coronation Street stalwart Betty Driver who won TV soap personality for playing Rovers Return barmaid Betty Williams for more than four decades.

The Tric (Television and Radio Industries Club) special award went to veteran star June Whitfield.

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