BBC Breakfast wakes up in Salford’s MediaCityUK for first broadcast from new studio

By Dean Wilkins

BBC Breakfast arrived in Salford to broadcast their first show from MediaCityUK, today.

Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid paired up to deliver the show’s northern debut after a traditional television link between the duo introduced viewers to the new studio.

Turnbull previewed a news item on one in four people reportedly not knowing their neighbours, suggesting how alternate ways of making friends may be used nowadays.

Reid followed on: “Talking of making new friends, we are very glad you have joined us for our first morning from our new studio in Salford.”

Turnbull continued: “We have still got our old friends, of course, too – Carol has the weather.”

Weather correspondent Carol Kirkwood gave the forecast from Upton House and Gardens in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

The BBC’s morning programme will be lead by Turnbull, Reid, Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt, after the controversial departures of Sian Williams and sports presenter Chris Hollins.

The team join around 2,200 BBC staff now based in Salford, including BBC Sport, BBC Children’s, Radio 6 music, Radio 5 live and North West Tonight.

BBC Breakfast averages an audience of 12 million viewers per week and was launched in 2000.

Last month it was reported that glitches with computer systems at the new centre may impact on the show’s move.

The programme broadcasts daily from 6am on BBC One and the 24-hour BBC News Channel.


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