Belfast Telegraph

Williams and Hollins shun BBC move

Chris Hollins and Sian Williams will not be part of the BBC Breakfast team when it moves to a new studio in Salford next year, it has been confirmed.

More than half the team behind the TV show are to leave their jobs rather than move to Salford when the show transfers production.

Among them are presenters Chris and Sian, who said it had been "an enormous pleasure" to present the show for the past 10 years.

She added: "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.

"I've been very privileged to spend the past decade on the sofa as the viewers' representative, asking the questions they want answered, whether it's to the Prime Minister or a Hollywood film star, and I'm looking forward to using those skills in fresh challenges elsewhere in the BBC."

Chris said he had "reluctantly" said no for family reasons.

The BBC announced 54% of the Breakfast team, around 46 people, confirmed they would not take part in the move and will now either apply for redeployment or take redundancy.

It added that Sian and Chris would continue to be involved with the show, which attracts seven million viewers a day, "for the foreseeable future".

Regular presenters Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid will continue with the show after its move to MediaCityUK.

Bill said the move would be a "challenge" but added: "I am confident the programme can be as successful in its new home as it has been for the past few years in Television Centre."

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