BBC Breakfast is getting a makeover for the first time in over a decade. An all-new multipurpose studio in Salford’s Media City is being launched which will be shared with BBC Sport.

The new space features some of the latest broadcasting technology, including high-tech GFX, whilst keeping the iconic red sofa at its heart. It is also larger than the previous studio and features three more cameras. The new screen technology will also enable collaborative sharing across sites.

A new camera angle also highlights the position of the studio at the heart of BBC North operations within Salford Quay House where BBC Breakfast, Sport and Radio 5 Live are based.

The Breakfast team will share the new space with BBC Sport, who will use it for the daily Sportsday programme, live bulletins throughout the day as well as the Football News Show, the twice-weekly programme available on BBC iPlayer.

The new studio is part of the BBC’s strategy to introduce new, versatile studios that can be used by multiple teams throughout the day to provide the best value for audiences. The space is going to be used for more than 20 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Sally Nugent and Jon Kay will be the first presenters to start the day from the studio on Monday 26 June.

Richard Frediani, BBC Breakfast Editor, commented: “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, said: “The new studio is a brilliant update that will completely elevate and revolutionise our output. Sportsday showcases the BBC’s original journalism, live action, talking points and human interest stories and is one of the best performing programmes on any news channel in the UK.”

Sally Nugent said: “The new studio is a wonderful addition to BBC Breakfast, and I can’t wait to host the first live morning show on 26 June. We have recently celebrated our 40th anniversary and this is a great gift to mark the occasion.”

BBC Breakfast runs Monday – Sunday from 6am on BBC One, BBC News and iPlayer, presented by Sally Nugent, Jon Kay, Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt. BBC Sportsday airs daily at 6.30pm, and the sports bulletins run throughout the day on BBC One and BBC News.

Pippa Considine

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