Dan Walker and Louise Minchin replaced in BBC Breakfast presenting shake-up
Breakfast: Roger Johnson and Sally Nugent open show
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BBC Breakfast has had a shake-up of presenters during the Bank Holiday weekend. On Saturday, Nina Warhurst stepped in to replace Naga Munchetty and on Sunday, Roger Johnson and Sima Kotecha took the reins in Charlie Stayt and Rachel Burden’s absence. Bank Holiday Monday’s instalment also saw Roger and Sally Nugent take on hosting duties in place of Dan Walker and Louise Minchin.
Roger, who is a regular stand-in on BBC Breakfast, works as the main presenter for BBC North West Tonight. He is also a familiar face on other National BBC News platforms.
Sally Nugent landed her first role with the BBC on Radio Merseyside before moving on to read the sports news on BBC North West Tonight.
In 2003 she became a sports reporter for BBC News before becoming a sports news presenter on the BBC News Channel.
The 49-year-old regularly presents BBC Weekend News and in 2011 she began co-presenting BBC Breakfast on a freelance basis, filling in when the regular hosts were not available.
Introducing Monday’s instalment of BBC Breakfast, Sally began: “Good morning and welcome to Breakfast with Roger Johnson and Sally Nugent.”
Speaking about what was coming up in the programme, Roger continued: “Hello, good morning, our headlines today, the coronavirus vaccination programme steps up a gear in England this week with the country with the largest vaccination centre opening this morning.”
Sally continued: “There are mass vaccinations in Bolton this week too, where the army will help out with door-to-door testing.”
“Expect more busy beaches across Britain on Bank Holiday Monday,” Roger added. “For what could be the hottest day of the year so far.”
Chipping in to give a brief weather forecast, Louise Lear said: “Good morning, but for some of us, there is a cloudy start to the day with mist and fog that should burn back to the north sequence line.
“But for the bulk of the UK, it’s going to be dry, warm and sunny.”
Rachel, Charlie and Naga weren’t the only presenters absent from the weekend programmes.
Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood and her stand-in Owain Wyn Evans were also absent. Instead, Louise stepped in to give viewers the latest weather forecast.
Mike Bushell, who presented the sports news on Saturday’s instalment, even got himself confused with the change of presenters.
He was left a tad red-faced when he accidentally went to call Nina, Naga.
During the segment, Mike was discussing the popularity of bowls with the younger generation when the slip-up happened.
“Give it a go,” he began. “It’s free this weekend and over…well 700 clubs I’m hearing across England for free sessions.”
He continued “In Wales, there is a big campaign starting next month, an awareness campaign in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Now, our wonderful viewers have proven themselves brilliantly this morning Charlie and…”
“Sorry Nina, I was going to say Naga for a moment,” he laughed awkwardly.
“Unbelievable,” Nina hit back as Mike apologised again as he tried to move the conversation on.
“Sorry,” he told her. “It’s because I am used to saying Charlie and Naga.”
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.
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