In a groundbreaking move, BBC Breakfast, the nation’s favourite morning news program, is undergoing a remarkable transformation after more than a decade. The show is set to launch an all-new multipurpose studio, which will be shared with BBC Sport, at the renowned Media City in Salford. The much-anticipated debut is scheduled for Monday, June 26, with Sally Nugent and Jon Kay taking the helm as the first presenters in the new studio.
The state-of-the-art facility boasts the latest broadcasting technology, including cutting-edge GFX, while retaining the beloved iconic red sofa at its core. The new studio is also larger than its predecessor and equipped with three additional cameras. Leveraging advanced screen technology, the team at BBC Breakfast will be able to captivate audiences with creative, bold, and imaginative storytelling, fostering collaborative content sharing across various locations.
A fresh camera angle spotlights the studio’s pivotal position at the heart of BBC North operations within Salford Quay House, where BBC Breakfast, Sport, and Radio 5 Live are based.
In a unique collaboration, the BBC Breakfast team will share this new space with BBC Sport, which plans to utilise it for their daily Sportsday program, live bulletins throughout the day, as well as the popular Football News Show, available twice a week on BBC iPlayer.
This revamped studio is an integral part of the BBC’s strategy to introduce versatile and multi-purpose facilities that can be utilised by multiple teams throughout the day, providing optimal value for audiences. The studio will operate for over 20 hours a day, every day of the year.
Richard Frediani, BBC Breakfast Editor, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “After celebrating 10 years in Salford and 40 years on BBC One, it was time for a new look and studio for the UK’s most watched morning show. Breakfast is how millions of Britons start their day, and I hope they’ll enjoy seeing their favourite presenters in a bright, modern space.”
Helen Brown, Senior News Editor for Sport, expressed her excitement about the studio’s potential impact on their output, saying, “The new studio is a brilliant update that will completely elevate and revolutionise our content. Sportsday showcases the BBC’s original journalism, live action, talking points, and human-interest stories and is one of the best-performing programs on any news channel in the UK.”
Sally Nugent, one of BBC Breakfast’s beloved presenters, eagerly awaits the debut, stating, “The new studio is a wonderful addition to BBC Breakfast, and I can’t wait to host the first live morning show on June 26. We have recently celebrated our 40th anniversary, and this is a great gift to mark the occasion.”
Jon Kay, another cherished BBC Breakfast presenter, shared his delight, saying, “Our new studio is state-of-the-art, and we couldn’t be more pleased with it. We’re looking forward to bringing the public the same BBC Breakfast they know and love from a fresh new setting.”
BBC Breakfast airs every Monday to Sunday from 6 am on BBC One, BBC News, and iPlayer, featuring presenters Sally Nugent, Jon Kay, Naga Munchetty, and Charlie Stayt. Additionally, BBC Sportsday is broadcast daily at 6:30 pm, while sports bulletins run throughout the day on BBC One and BBC News.