Ahead of his big move from BBC Breakfast to Channel 5 News, Dan Walker has opened up about how former Manchester United manager and footballing legend Sir Alex Ferguson gave him candid career advice.
TV presenter Dan Walker says he was inspired by Sir Alex Ferguson’s life advice as he moves to Channel 5.
The BBC Breakfast host said the football legend, 80, urged him to take on the “next challenge” after they met at the Randox Grand National Festival in Aintree last week.
Dan, 45, said: ‘I had a long chat with Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s the first time I’ve seen him in a while and he looks very good.
“He gave me career advice, which was lovely. He was talking about moving to Channel 5 and talking about life and accepting the next challenge. When he was moving to clubs, St Mirren, Aberdeen and all that sort of thing, it’s good to have advice from good people around you.
The TV star, who has hosted BBC Breakfast since 2016, announced last week that he would join 5 News and replace Sian Williams.
It is the latest high-profile departure from the BBC, including Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, former North American editor Jon Sopel and veteran political interviewer Andrew Marr.
Dan added of Fergie: “I’ve known him for a long time. I did all his book launches, I interviewed him every week when I worked in Manchester. When someone who’s had their fair share of challenges says to you, “Go ahead and do it, accept it,” it’s kind of nice.
When asked about the reaction to his decision, he said: “It’s been lovely, apart from [co-host] Exit [Nugent]who is a little upset.
Asked who could replace him, he replied: “I have no idea. I don’t know my departure date.
The BBC’s 2020/2021 annual report listed his salary at between £295,000 and £299,999, with commitments listed as Football Focus, which he has since left.
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