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Charlie Stayt (born 19 June 1962) is an English broadcaster. He is a journalist and presenter working freelance[1] with the BBC as a presenter for BBC Breakfast.[1]

Charlie Stayt
Born (1962-06-19) 19 June 1962 (age 57)
Gloucester, England
Television presenter
Notable credit(s)
BBC Breakfast


Early life and educationEdit

Stayt was born in 1962 at Gloucester, in the West of England. He has two older siblings. He was educated at Wycliffe College,[2] a co-educational part-boarding independent school in the town of Stonehouse (near the market town of Stroud) in Gloucestershire, before going to Birmingham Polytechnic.[citation needed]

Broadcasting careerEdit

Stayt started his career on a commercial radio station in his home town of Gloucester. Before moving into television, he worked on radio in London, hosting Capital Radio's news programme, The Way It Is and also reporting for LBC and BBC Radio 5 Live.[citation needed]

Stayt began his TV career working for ITN in 1995, then joined Five News as a reporter before presenting the network's prime-time bulletins and half-hour live debate programmes. He anchored Five News' coverage of the events of 11 September 2001 and spent a total of ten years at ITN, both as a correspondent and a presenter. He has also been a presenter for Sky News. He has hosted live "reality TV" shows Jailbreak, and Are You Telepathic.[citation needed]

Stayt joined BBC Breakfast in 2006, initially as a relief presenter, but in December 2007, he was confirmed as its Friday–Sunday presenter. Since January 2008, he has been the weekend presenter for BBC Breakfast, the early morning news programme broadcast on BBC One and BBC News. He moved with the programme to Salford and presents the programme Thursday-Saturday with Naga Munchetty, as well as standing in for main weekday host Dan Walker.[citation needed]

In August 2016, Stayt appeared in Dictionary Corner on Channel 4's Countdown for a number of episodes.[3]


In 1995 Stayt married Anne Frances Breckell, with whom he has two children, Phoebe Senara b. 1997 and Jake Hamilton b. 2000. Source National Birth Records.


  1. ^ a b Susanna Reid may have to fight to become 'top dog' at BBC Breakfast Mirror Online; 1 April 2011; accessed 4 June 2017
  2. ^ Wycliffe College, Gloucestershire - Former pupils Guide to Independent Schools Retrieved: 18 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Countdown". Channel 4. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 11 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.

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Preceded by
Bill Turnbull
Weekend Presenter of BBC Breakfast
2008 – present
Succeeded by