Sian Williams To Leave BBC Breakfast

WARNING: This piece of news is likely to have you sobbing into your Special K.

Sian Williams is leaving BBC Breakfast.

The 47-year-old host is moving over to Radio 4 so that she does not have to pack her bags and make the move to Salford along with the rest of the Breakfast team.

Sian will host her final show on March 15 alongside long-term co-host Bill Turnbull (who is reported to have tissues at the ready).
Sian joins a number of Breakfast staff, including sports presenter Chris Hollins, who have already decided to leave the show to avoid the Mancunian move.

But fear not, the first lady of news will host Radio 4’s Saturday Live show and is set to present editions of the One O’Clock, Six O’Clock and 10 O’Clock news bulletins over on Beeb One. She will also co-host the London 2012 Olympic coverage.

Reports earlier this year suggested that Sian was being eyed up by ITV bosses as a last ditch attempt to prop up Daybreak’s falling audience figures. But they evidently failed to lure her away from her BBC home.

She said: “I have been at the BBC for 26 years and it runs through my DNA, really.

“When the whole Salford thing came up I had to think about what’s best for my family. There were so many competing factors: four kids, a partner who works in London, and my father who was recently widowed and lives on the South Coast.

“My son is doing his A-levels this summer and so there were just too many reasons why I couldn’t go.

“Eventually, it was just an obvious decision.â€?

Williams worked as a Radio 4 producer before she made the move to presenting, and has spoken of her delight at making a return to the radio waves.

“I’m thrilled to be coming home”, she gushed.

We’ll miss you Sian…