‘She’d be ideal’ Sam Quek favourite to replace Louise Minchin on BBC Breakfast

Tokyo 2020: Dan Walker’s dig at Sam Quek over hockey defeat

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Sam Quek has joined Dan Walker for the last couple of weeks to present the BBC’s Olympic Breakfast coverage and the former athlete has been a hit with those watching at home. So much so, viewers have suggested she take over Louise Minchin’s role. Dan is usually paired with Louise to co-host the BBC’s Breakfast show Monday to Wednesday, but she recently announced she was leaving the broadcaster, and fans have demanded Sam replace her. 

The Tokyo Olympics wraps up this week and Dan will return to the BBC Breakfast studio and sit on the red sofa with Louise. 

It won’t be long, however, until Louise’s last show comes around and thoughts turn to who will replace her. 

Viewers have suggested Sam should be given the opportunity following her impressive performance on Olympic Breakfast. 

Taking to Twitter, one said: “Dan I think @SamanthaQuek would be ideal to step in for @louiseminchin when she leaves BBC Breakfast, quality, enthusiastic presenting on the Olympics, Makes me get up in a morning!” 

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“A new star has been born on #bbcolympics@SamanthaQuek a new career on #bbcbreakfast,” another added. 

A third commented: “Going to miss @SamanthaQuek she has been absolutely outstanding. Should be on @BBCBreakfast permanently.” 

Sam is an Olympic gold medallist herself, having played field hockey and played as a defender for England and Great Britain. 

Since retiring, she has swapped the hockey field for a TV studio and now presents. 

She has also taken part in a few reality shows – after her victory in Rio 2016, she was chosen as a contestant on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and came fourth. 


She has also appeared as a guest panellist on the BBC One show A Question of Sport, as well as the celebrity version of The Chase. 

In series 11 of Pointless Celebrities, she appeared alongside Greg Rusedski. 

Sam has also been a presenter for various sports shows including The NFL Show for the BBC, field hocked on BT Sport and football for Channel 4 and LFC TV. 

In August 2016, Sam began hosting the BBC’s flagship football phone-in programme, 606, alongside Robbie Savage.

The following year she went onto reach the final of Celebrity MasterChef. 

This year, Sam’s TV career has gone from strength to strength; following Olympic Breakfast she will appear as a new team captain on A Question of Sport, the show’s first-ever permanent female captain. 

So does she have time to give BBC Breakfast with Dan a whirl? 

BBC Breakfast returns next week.

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