This morning’s edition of BBC Breakfast was the first to come from its new home in Salford, Manchester. The show has previously been based in London since its predecessor, Breakfast Time, began back in 1983.
Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid opened the show with the regular news headlines before mentioning an item to come about people getting to know their neighbours. Reid then added: “Talking of making new friends, we are very glad you have joined us for our first morning from our new studio in Salford.”
It’s a new set, including a new red sofa and a slightly more orange theme to the background, but otherwise the show has been designed to look much as it did. The launch has been overseen by BBC Breakfast deputy editor Adam Billimore who said that the differences will be subtle. “We’re not making a northern Breakfast, we’re just making Breakfast,” he said.
“The BBC has a job to report UK-wide and there’s a commitment to bringing programmes and news from all parts of the UK, and Breakfast is part of that plan. The tone of voice might change a bit. But it’s keeping the fundamental ingredients the same. The things that have made the programme so successful in recent years will still be there.”
BBC Breakfast business presenter Stephanie McGovern has made a short film showing the new studio set and behind the scenes at the Salford production.
BBC Breakfast continues weekdays at 6:00am on BBC1 and simulcast on the BBC News channel (until 8:30am)