Dan Walker: BBC Breakfast host reacts to viewing figures of most watched morning show

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Dan Walker, who is a regular face on BBC Breakfast alongside his co-star Sally Nugent, shared his delight after the morning programme’s viewing figures have continued to soar. The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant took to Twitter as he reacted to the big news.

The 44-year-old took the micro-blogging site and reacted to BBC Breakfast editor Richard Frediani’s post.

Sharing a screenshot of the some of the biggest stories the news programme has covered, including the Partygate controversy that has rocked Westminster in recent weeks, the show’s editor shared some good news.

The BBC boss revealed that the programme’s viewing figures have continued to increase.

He penned: “Strong performance for Wednesday’s #BBCBreakfast with an increase in audience year on year and huge 7-point rise in share compared to 12 months ago.

“Big post 8am peak audience of over 45 per cent for the UK’s #mostwatched morning show.

Dan took the opportunity to repost the message in view of his 748,000 followers.

He commented: “Thanks for watching lovely people.”

The BBC host was swiftly inundated with comments, as viewers congratulated the broadcaster.

Cindy Kneale remarked: “Thanks for being there! You, Sally, Carol, Nina, Mike and the team That’s why we watch!”

Peter Burton commented: “Always a good thing for a breakfast show.”

Craig Oliver added: “Great job Richard.”

Dan’s comments come after the presenter recently defended the Beeb after it was announced the controversial TV licence fee will be abolished in 2027.


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The news was confirmed this month by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries who has issued a two-year licence fee freeze, keeping the cost at £159 until 2024.  

Ms Dorries shared the changes on Twitter saying: “This licence fee announcement will be the last.

“The days of the elderly being threatened with prison sentences and bailiffs knocking on doors, are over.”

At the time of the announcement, Dan stood by the corporation but added “mistakes” had been made.

The dad-of-three shared a photograph of several BBC TV and radio channels, with the caption: “43p per day.”

He went on: “I am well aware that the BBC makes mistakes and needs to change, but the media landscape would be much poorer without it.  

“Those three letters are trusted and respected around the world.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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