How old is BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker and why did he quit Football Focus?

How old is BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker and why did he quit Football Focus?

DAN WALKER has established himself as one of the BBC's biggest stars.

But the popular presenter has decided to step down from Football Focus at the end of the season after 12 years of service.

Who is Dan Walker?

Born March 19, 1977, Daniel Meirion Walker is a 44-year-old English journalist and television presenter from Crawley, West Sussex.

Dan earned a BA degree in History before undergoing an MA degree in Journalism at the University of Sheffield.

Dan is an active patron of several charities including the Sheffield Children's Hospital alongside Jessica Ennis-Hill

Dan married Sarah Walker in 2001 and the couple has three children together.

Why did Dan Walker quit Football Focus?

He he teased 'one or two exciting opportunities' would be announced soon as he revealed his decision to quit the show.

Dan added: "This is going to be my last season presenting Football Focus.

"It has been an amazing 12 years and I can honestly say I have loved every single second of it.

"I am so proud of the job we’ve done, the changes we’ve made and issues we’ve looked at a time when the football landscape has changed immeasurably.

"But, having said all that, after 12 years it's time for someone else to take the reins."

What other TV shows has Dan been on?

His professional broadcasting career started with work experience at Sheffield's Hallam FM before joining BBC regional news programme North West Tonight.

Dan has hosted BBC's Football Focus since taking over from Manish Bhasin in August 2009.

He also presents on BBC Radio 5 Live and regularly reports for Final Score and Match of the Day.

Dan has also been a main part of the BBC Sport team covering both the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

When did he join BBC Breakfast?

In 2016, Dan replaced Bill Turnbull as presenter of BBC Breakfast.

His first show aired on 29 February and he currently co-presents the programme with Louise Minchin.

Dan hit the headlines in 2018 after his salary revealed he earns almost double what his female co-presenter do.

However, Dan pointed to the fact that his earnings come from fronting multiple shows.

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