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Dan Walker ‘will earn £1.M as he quits BBC for channel 5 despite claims it wasn’t about money’

He insisted that his move from BBC to Channel 5 was not ‘motivated by money’.

However it has since been reported that Dan Walker, 41, will sign an eye watering £1.5million to host the new channel’s nightly news programme.

According to The Sun, the star who reportedly earned £300,000 a year at the BBC, was unhappy when bosses refused to give him his own prime-time show.

Moneybags: It’s been reported that Dan Walker, 41, will sign an eye watering £1.5million to host the new channel’s nightly news program after claiming his move wasn’t ‘motivated by money’

A sources told the publication, Dan attempted to use Channel 5’s eye-popping offer as leverage with BBC bosses in a bid to secure his own more high-profile show.

The source said: ‘He went to them to discuss his future after getting the offer from Channel 5 in the hope that they’d give him what he wanted to keep him on the breakfast show’.

‘But they refused and were left raging.’

The deal will see the Strictly star on screens at 5pm four nights a week as well as presenting six hours of prime time shows every year.

Dan's deals!  A sources told the publication, Dan attempted to use Channel 5's eye-popping offer as leverage with BBC bosses in a bid to secure his own more high-profile show (pictured with co-host Sally Nugent)

Dan’s deals! A sources told the publication, Dan attempted to use Channel 5’s eye-popping offer as leverage with BBC bosses in a bid to secure his own more high-profile show (pictured with co-host Sally Nugent)

Dan told BBC Breakfast viewers on Tuesday: ‘I’ve never ever been motivated by money in any job that I’ve ever taken’.

The broadcaster will also have the opportunity to earn even more at the new channel by standing in for Jeremy Vine, 56, when the star is on leave from his popular mid-morning show.

According to the publication the Strictly star was approached by Channel 5 last month when current anchor, and former BBC breakfast presenter Sian Williams, 57, decided to step down.

MailOnline have contacted Dan’s representatives, Channel 5 and BBC for comment.

Dan's dosh: The broadcaster will also have the opportunity to earn even more at the new channel by standing in for Jeremy Vine, 56, when the star is on leave from his popular mid-morning show.

Dan’s dosh: The broadcaster will also have the opportunity to earn even more at the new channel by standing in for Jeremy Vine, 56, when the star is on leave from his popular mid-morning show.

Dan follows a string of huge names to ditch the Beeb recently – including Jon Sopel, Emily Maitlis and Andrew Marr – which has sparked fears of a mass exodus of talent.

His former Breakfast co-star Louise Minchin also left last year as she looked to spent more quality time with her family.

The journalist shared a video on Twitter announcing the news, saying: ‘I have a little bit of news for you.

Bye bye: Dan follows a string of huge names to ditch the Beeb recently - including Jon Sopel, Emily Maitlis and Andrew Marr - which has sparked fears of a mass exodus of talent (pictured with strictly partner Nadiya Bychkova)

Bye bye: Dan follows a string of huge names to ditch the Beeb recently – including Jon Sopel, Emily Maitlis and Andrew Marr – which has sparked fears of a mass exodus of talent (pictured with strictly partner Nadiya Bychkova)

‘In the next few weeks I’m going to be leaving BBC Breakfast and moving to 5News and to Channel 5.

‘I’m really excited but this has also been a massive decision for me because I love BBC Breakfast. I love working alongside Sally and I love the team there.

‘But Channel 5 came with big ambitions, with big plans and I don’t think opportunities like this come around very often and I can’t wait.

‘I’ve also had the incredible privilege of working on some iconic programs over the last few years, both at the BBC and elsewhere.

So many stars!  Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije will appear alongside Dan on Channel 5's news coverage

She's gone!  He will be replacing Sian Williams on the show

So many stars! Walker will be joining Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije (left) and replacing Sian Williams (right)

Exit: His former Breakfast co-star Louise Minchin also left last year as she looked to spend more quality time with her family

Exit: His former Breakfast co-star Louise Minchin also left last year as she looked to spend more quality time with her family

‘What I like about this deal is I not only get to present the news but also host a whole range of new programs right across the channel.

‘And what an honor to step into the shoes of Sian Williams. I know how popular she is with both the team and the audience.

He said: ‘All I can say is I will do my very best to maintain her incredibly high standards.’

Walker added in a statement: ‘I can’t wait to get stuck into the daily news show, but I am also excited about making some great new TV for Channel 5.

‘I love their ideas and creativity and it’s rare to get an opportunity like this where paths and ambitions meet. The chance to do something different was too good to turn down.’

Outgoing Williams also sent a ‘warm welcome’ to the presenter, but it was posted on Twitter in horrendous quality and the voice of the producer could be heard.

Heading off: BBC veterans Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel left the BBC for Global, the owners of LBC, to front a new show and a podcast

Heading off: BBC veterans Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel left the BBC for Global, the owners of LBC, to front a new show and a podcast

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