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BBC denies 'Breakfast' is 'heading back to London'

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The BBC has denied claims that part of BBC Breakfast is to move back to London because the show is struggling to attract high-profile guests.

In April, the popular BBC One morning programme moved to the new BBC North base in Salford, Greater Manchester.

It joined other shows at the base, such as Blue Peter, Newsround and Dragon's Den, along with BBC departments including 5 Live, BBC Children's and BBC Sport.

BBC Breakfast: Bill Turnbull, Susanna Reid, Louise Minchin, Charlie Stayt

© BBC / Jeff Overs



However, the move initially proved controversial, with some BBC Breakfast stars opting against relocation, and there were concerns that it would be harder to get major celebrities and leading politicians to appear on the programme.

The Daily Mail cited a "source" as saying that the "light news" component of BBC Breakfast could be transferred to London.

According to the paper, discussions were held on spinning off the latter part of BBC Breakfast into a separate show based in the south.

The section, running between 8.30am and 9.15am, acts as the 'bridge' between morning news and the daytime TV schedule on BBC One.

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However, the BBC has put out a statement via BBC News stating that there are "no plans to move any part" of the show.

"On the contrary, the show is working very well from Salford," the statement added.

"We're delighted with the calibre of guests and experts regularly appearing on the programme."

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