Louise Minchin unveils new project after leaving BBC Breakfast role

BBC Breakfast: Louise Minchin thanks everyone on her last day

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BBC Breakfast bid a heartfelt farewell to newsreader Louise Minchin on Wednesday’s episode following her 20-year stint on the show. The 52-year old has kept a lid on her next career step, but she has revealed one project she will soon be taking part in.

The presenter is set to take part in a programme about menopause for World Menopause Day. 

During her last BBC Breakfast show, her co-host Dan Walker recalled talking to Louise about speaking on air about menopause and her reservations about it. 

“You were really worried, weren’t you? About talking about it,’ he added.

“I was really worried,” Louise said.

“One of the things I can tell you that I’m doing after I leave, is I’m doing a programme about menopause for World Menopause Day.”

Dan quipped: “That’s about the only piece of information she’s given anybody.” 

During her time presenting BBC Breakfast Louise took part in the campaign Wake Up to the Menopause in which she opened up about her own experiences. 

She first started experiencing symptoms in her late 40s including night sweats, tiredness and hot flushes.

World Menopause Day falls on October 18 this year, so viewers can hope a programme featuring Lousie will air soon. 

Fans took to Twitter to voice their support for Louise being so open about menopause which usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55 as a woman’s oestrogen levels declines. 

Chief Inspector Helen Smith said: “The inclusion of #wakeuptothemenopause on @louiseminchin final show just shows how important this topic is. We need to keep the conversation going now the taboo is banished. Good luck to you Lou.” 

Another user said: “A huge personal thank you to @louiseminchin for all the support she gave Pausitivity – I meant every word I said here. You really did pave the way for all the menopause work that has followed.” 

Lisa Wells added: “Sad to see @louiseminchin leave, she was instrumental in my understanding of #Menopause and thanks to @InspHelenSmith and others involved. Women are still struggling to speak up, be heard and get #HRT from GP.”

Dr Anette Haywood also congratulated Louise for raising awareness about the menopause, saying: “Thank you #louiseminchin for raising awareness of women going through #menopause. Things are changing for the better! #BBCBreakfast.”

Claire Benson added: “This programme made me go to the doctors and then champion workplace learning on the menopause changed my life.” 

Louise herself appeared overwhelmed by the messages of support she received from her colleagues and social media followers. 

She tweeted: “Wow, I never imagined my last day could be so full of happiness. Thank you for your messages, I am feeling overwhelmed by your kindness. It has been a joy and a privilege to work on #BBCBreakfast and I will always feel like part of a huge family thank you.” 

The newsreader has not revealed a lot of detail about her next career move, but she said she will be continuing her passion for endurance sport as well as enjoying not setting her alarm for 3.45am each morning. 

The host has a rich life off-screen with her husband David, their two daughters, and two dogs.

She is a keen cyclist, runner and hiker and keeps her followers up to date with her various sports achievements on Instagram. 

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am. 

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