Louise Minchin presents BBC Breakfast for the last time today after realizing that she can’t stand another winter of dark mornings.
The 53-year-old presenter first appeared on the station’s flagship morning show in 2001.
She said, “I find the early morning really difficult and another winter of the dark mornings wasn’t what I wanted to do anymore.
“I just thought, ‘I can’t take another winter,’ because I’ve been training for the past 20 years, there are about six weeks a year when I go to work and it’s light, and that’s the six weeks that I do find the easiest, “she added in an interview with the Daily Mirror.
“In December I took three or four weeks off for an ankle surgery and had that time to realize that if I don’t get up at 3:40 in the morning, I’ll do all kinds of things the night I want to do – for example Watching TV with my family, doing family things like that. “
In 2012, Minchin moved to Media City in Salford as lead host for the show.
She confirmed in June that she will be leaving the program.
At the time, she said, “I absolutely loved being part of the BBC Breakfast family of six million people, but after having presented the program for nearly two decades, I decided it was time to set my alarm clock to 0340 set in the morning.
“I will take so many memories with me, including coverage of the shock and agony of the Manchester Arena bombing; Start of a national conversation about menopause; and the life changing moment when I took part in the Breakfast Christmas Cycling Challenge that inspired my ongoing passion for endurance sports that I will continue after I leave.
“A big thank you to everyone who watched and supported me, I loved it and will miss you all.”
Minchin has covered a number of major global news items while at BBC Breakfast, including three general elections, Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and terrorist attacks.
She has also interviewed famous faces including the Duchess of Cambridge, singer Billie Eilish and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
In 2019, she hosted the Wake Up To Menopause campaign after detailing how she suffered hot flashes while presenting on live TV.
She also started endurance sports after participating in a BBC Breakfast Christmas Cycling Challenge and competed internationally for the UK triathlon team in her age group.
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